If you have been to our office, then you have surely heard Dr Van and the staff of Newton Pediatric Dentistry talk about the risks of too much juice in the diet. Part of having healthy teeth and a healthy body includes low sugar intake. Below are some hints that can help with making the right decisions for your family.
It was great to see that in their new recommendations, the American Academy of Pediatrics has just come out with their toughest ever stance against juice intake. Their advice now is to totally avoid juices under the age of 1 and to drastically limit juice for older children.
You can see the policy statement from the American Academy of Pediatrics here: http://pediatrics.aappublications.org/content/early/2017/05/18/peds.2017-0967
As seen in the NYTimes: “I think this is a fantastic recommendation for infants, and it’s long overdue,” said Dr. Elsie M. Taveras, chief of the division of general pediatrics at Mass General Hospital for Children in Boston, who was not involved in the new report. “Parents feel their infants need fruit juices, but that’s a misconception.”
The full article in the Times is here: https://www.nytimes.com/2017/05/22/well/family/pediatricians-say-no-fruit-juice-in-childs-first-year.html?emc=eta1&_r=0
So from now on, make sure to drink water, water, and more water. It actually tastes really good once you cut out all the sugary drinks and you remind your taste buds what real refreshment should taste like.