May 28, 2021


Interviewer: Fruit juice, it is a staple of childhood. You had it. Likely you let your kids have it. But new guidelines actually say that you should cut it entirely. Dr. Cindy Gellner, why is that?

Dr. Gellner: The bottom line is juice isn't all that healthy at all. It's pure sugar and calories. In fact, store bought juice is nicknamed "liquid candy," just like soda is. Four ounces of apple juice has no fiber, 60 calories and 13 grams of sugar. The recent statement from the American Academy of Pediatrics states that juice has no essential role in healthy, balanced diets of children. Juice and other sugary drinks contribute to weight gain and tooth decay that we pediatricians see all the time in young children. By changing these guidelines and getting kids to cut down on juice, hopefully there will also be a decrease in cavities and obesity.

updated: May 28, 2021
originally published: October 9, 2017

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