Is fruit juice healthy for kids?

In addition to specific recommendations on amounts, the AAP suggests:

  1. Do not allow children to walk around with fruit juice in a bottle or cup, or give them fruit juice at bedtime. This can lead to frequent and sugary tooth baths that can contribute to cavities, as well as the expectation that a sugary drink is always available.
  2. It is healthier for your child to eat whole fruits and vegetables rather than juices, which can help them adopt healthy long-term eating habits.

The Michigan State University expansion offers courses on healthy food and beverage choices and technical assistance to early childhood educators who want to support a healthy food and beverage environment.