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Limit fruit juice intake to three or four ounces per day for your child. Juice can be filling, high in sugar, and doesn't provide fibre like the real fruit does. Offer juice after meals, and not before when it may curb a child's appetite for more wholesome foods.
Be cautious of store bought juices. They especially have had extra sugars and preservatives added to them. These juices have also been pasturized which is important for long term storage of juices but destroy many nutrients. Many nutrient begin to fade within 30 minutes of being exposed to air.
Making fresh juices at home creates a very different experience.
My son will no longer drink "conventional" orange or apple juice. He does not understand how it can be called fruit juice when it does not taste anything like what I make at home. I often use cheesecloth to strain children's juice before serving as they often complain about having " chewy" juice. I just add the extra fiber and pulp to my portion.
I use a Vitamix and have had very good results with it. Just wash the fruit, cut it into a few peices and throw it in. Add about 1/2 cup of water and go. Peel fruit in the orange family but keep as much pulp as possible. It is quick, easy, healthy, cost effective AND Yummy.
Please know that fruit should only be eaten alone at least 20 minutes (45 minutes for bananas) before carbs or protein. Fruit digests very quickly as opposed to carbs or proteins and will ferment in the stomach if eaten with them causing poor digestion and gastro-intestinal upset.
The above comment is highly controversial. Juice itself is great for children. The problem is the additives like High Fructose Corn Syrup that is put into most bottled juices. Best bet is to juice your own. Not only will it be better for you but it will taste better too.
|Jennifer Mathes, Ph.D.|