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Kids and Juice

What’s not to love about juice? It tastes sweet and most children love to drink it. However, juice can also be too much of a good thing.

Parents and caregivers should set limits for children on the amount of juice consumed each day, especially true for younger children, who may fill up on juice and not have room for other healthy choices.

Tips for parents and caregivers:

  • look for 100 per cent juice on product labels. Avoid beverages that are labelled "drink," "beverage," "punch" or "ade"
  • infants up to six months of age should not be given any juice to drink. Rather, they should be exclusively breastfed.
  • babies between the ages of six and 12 months should get no more than ½ cup (125 mL) of juice per day.
  • children one to six years of age should be limited to no more than ½ cup to ¾ cup (125-175 mL) of juice per day.
  • youth who are seven years and older should not drink more than 1 cup to 1 ½ cups (250-375 mL) of juice per day.
  • encourage children to drink water to quench their thirst

To learn more, contact the Health Unit toll-free at 1-866-888-4577.

Additional Resources:

Kids and Juice: Too Much of a Good Thing?

Media Release: Kids and Juice