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Fruit Juice and Your Child's Diet

Children can easily drink a lot of juice because juice tastes good. However, too much juice in your child’s diet can contribute to other problems, like poor nutrition, obesity, and tooth decay. Parents can continue to offer age-appropriate servings of juice in addition to offering whole fruits and other beverage options like water or low-fat milk.

AAP Daily Juice Recommendations

Age Recommendation
Younger than 6 months Do not give fruit juice to infants younger than 6 months since it offers no nutritional benefit at this age.
1 to 6 years Limit juice to 4 to 6 ounces per day. For children older than 6 months, fruit juice offers no nutritional benefits over whole fruits. Whole fruits also provide fiber and other nutrients. Do not allow your child to carry a cup or box of juice throughout the day.
7 to 18 years Limit juice to 8 to 12 ounces per day