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- Health Unit Encourages Parents and Caregivers to Limit Amount of Fruit Juice Children Drink Each Day -

What’s not to love about juice? It tastes sweet and most children love to drink it. However, a local nutrition expert advises 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, says Laura Danilko, a Registered Dietitian with the Haliburton, Kawartha, Pine Ridge District Health Unit. This is especially true for younger children, who may fill up on juice and not have room for other healthy choices.

“One hundred per cent juice can be part of a healthy diet, but it shouldn’t be the only thing that children drink through the day,” says Danilko. “Limiting juice intake will ensure it is not consumed at the expense of other healthy foods.”

According to the Health Unit, local residents should limit the amount of 100 per cent juice children get each day as follows:

  • 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.

When choosing juice products for their children, Danilko says parents and caregivers need to be smart consumers to separate the good from the bad. People should look for “100 per cent juice”’ on product labels, and avoid other types of fruit drinks, she notes.

“One hundred per cent juice products are the best for children to drink,” she says. “Juice products that are labelled ‘drink,’ ‘beverage,’ ‘punch,’ ‘ade,’ or ‘cocktail’ should be avoided as these have little or no real fruit juice. More often than not they contain sugar and water with flavouring.”

What choices other than juice are there for children? Encouraging children to drink water to quench their thirst can be a good alternative. Substituting juice with real fruit is also an option, Danilko adds.

“Offer your child a whole apple, banana, orange or other fruit more often, or consider cutting up the fruit and serving it as bite-sized, healthy snack,” she says. “Fruit and vegetables contain fibre that is missing in juice.”

For more information and resources on juice, feeding children and healthy eating, people can call the Health Unit toll-free at 1-866-888-4577, ext. 233, or visit


For media inquiries, contact:

Laura Danilko, Registered Dietitian, HKPR District Health Unit, (905) 885-9100, ext. 233, or 1-866-888-4577, ext. 233.

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