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Juice in children's nutrition

Juice in children's nutrition

Juices are some of the little pleasures of beggars. Most of the time their consumption is harmful to their health. Parents do not always make the healthiest choices for them, and the sugars and additives that commercial juices contain represent a safe way to overweight and other associated diseases. Neither the fresh, natural fruit juice should be drunk anyhow by children.

Natural, commercial juices and calories

Experts say that juices are much more important than they should be in children's nutrition. They believe that both young children and adolescents abuse them, and the harmful effects are inevitable. The number of calories that children between 2 and 19 ingest daily only through juice every day is constantly increasing:

  • children between the ages of 6 and 11 years have a 20% increase in calories from sugary sweetened juices;

  • another part of the children, as well as the teenagers take over 10-15% of the total number of calories recommended daily only from natural and commercial juices.

Natural juices are not associated with weight gain in children

The specialists analyzed the evolution of several children between 2 and 11 years old who only drank natural juices compared to others who consumed only sugary sweetened juices. Thus, they managed to highlight the similarities and differences between the two types of eating behavior.

Children who drank natural juices in quantities greater than 180 ml / day showed increased levels of vitamins and minerals in the body:

  • carbohydrates;

  • C vitamin;

  • vitamin B6;

  • folic acid;

  • potassium;

  • magnesium;

  • iron.

There was also an improvement in their overall diet:

  • ate more fruits and vegetables and less fat and sugar foods;

  • consumed more milk;

  • had in constant diet products of whole grains etc.

The consumption of natural fruit juice was not associated with the risk of overweight or obesity in children between 2-11 years.

Doctors say that natural juices contain slightly more calories than some types of commercially or artificially sweetened beverages. But what they noticed is that although they eat more calories, their diet has proven to be healthier overall. Therefore, the fact that they eat healthier compensates for the small surplus of calories they take from fresh fruit juices.

Carbonated and artificially sweetened juices are part of children's nutrition

These tasty juices on the shelves of the shops make us all addicted to them. They are also the main attraction of children. Specialists argue that if these juices cannot be completely excluded from the baby's diet, parents must limit the quantities they drink.

Nutritionists argue that limiting and controlling the proportions of naturally carbonated and sweetened beverages is a way to maintain a balanced baby diet. The healthiest is to reorient the child's tastes in juice to the assortments of fresh fruits, not sweetened with sugar.

How much natural juice are children allowed to drink daily?

  • Pediatricians claim that children between the ages of 1 and 6 years should drink about 120-180 ml of fresh fruit juice per day;

  • children between 7 and 18 years old have a limit of 350 ml per day.

The specialists argue that the most suitable is to combine fruit with each other in a type of juice and not give the child juice from one kind of fruit. In this way you provide a wider range of nutrients and vitamins that your child needs.

Do not encourage the small child to drink a large glass of juice before the meal. There is a risk that it will fill your stomach with it and have the false feeling of satiety. If this happens, the child no longer eats enough to provide the recommended nutritional intake at a meal and may undergo weight changes as well as other conditions.

It is suggested that the juice be prepared in the house. If you cannot do this, buy from the stores, but read the label to make sure it is "100% natural".

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