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Juice companies making it big lying to parents. EDIT!!!!!

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I think it's totally ridiculous that juice companies say our kids need juice when it's clearly sugar water... Especially to BABIES!!! You shouldn't give babies sugar on a regular basis I believe but that's just me... Anyone else think it's not right? I think it just gives them a taste for sugar therefore they begin to crave it their whole life.. Real steamed fruits or purées will give them the vitamins and fruit for their serving. Idk I just don't believe in giving my kids juice,, actually my pedi told us not to give it to our 5 tr old she said only milk and water.


The consumption of sweetened drinks, such as soda, juice, Kool-Aid and sports drinks, has been on the rise in past decades. At the same time, the prevalence of obesity in children has also risen. These drinks — even 100 percent fruit juice — contain a lot of calories with little or no nutritional benefit.
Consider that:
A 12-ounce glass of orange juice contains 180 calories, which is the same as eating three chocolate chip cookies.
Drinking just one 12-ounce can of soda every day for a year is equal to 55,000 calories, or 15 pounds a year.
The Truth About Juice
Many people think of juice as an essential part of a child's diet. However, juice isn't as healthy as people think.
Drinking a lot of juice makes younger children feel full quickly. Feeling full from juice will decrease the amount of food a child eats. For older children, drinking a lot of juice doesn't usually cause fullness, but the excess calories from juice can cause weight gain.
It's much healthier to eat the fruit rather than drink the juice. For example, a 12-ounce glass of orange juice, which is the juice of two to three oranges, has about 180 calories, while one orange contains only 80 or 90 calories (and for older children, it does more to make them feel full).
For children who are overweight, the basic recommendation is no juice.
The Truth About Soda
Sodas and other sweetened drinks are full of sugar such as high-fructose corn syrup. Many also contain caffeine, which is a diuretic that can cause dehydration.
Another problem with sweetened beverages is that the body doesn't register it's full after drinking hundreds of calories. This may have to do with ghrelin, the hormone in your stomach that lets you know when you're hungry. When the hormone increases, you feel hungry. When you eat, the hormone goes down. However, it only works with food, not liquid. Drinking soda, juice, sports drinks and other sugar-sweetened liquids does nothing for your hunger, even if you consume hundreds of calories. As a result, sugar-sweetened beverages are often wasted calories.
In other words, the human digestive system is not designed for drinking calories. Soda is a relatively recent addition to the human diet. It was introduced in the second half of the 19th century and there was not an obesity problem until the 20th century. When looking at obesity in the United States alongside fructose and soft drink consumption, they are on a parallel line.
How Sweet Drinks Add Up
To fully understand the impact of sugary beverages, consider how the extra calories from these drinks add up and translate into pounds.
If a child drinks one soda and two glasses of Kool-Aid each day, the child is consuming roughly:
150 calories for the glass of soda
240 calories for two glasses of Kool-Aid (120 calories each glass)
TOTAL: 390 calories a day

Over the course of one year, the child will consume an extra 142,000 calories from these drinks.
Because one pound of fat equals 3,500 calories:
142,000 calories at 3,500 calories per pound = 40 pounds
TOTAL: 40 pounds a year

What seems like a harmless glass of soda and two glasses of Kool-Aid a day is equal to roughly 40 pounds of weight gain over a year. Children rarely burn all of these extra calories through exercise and activity. Even if a child only has one soda a day, it leads to 15.6 pounds of weight a year.
What Kids Should Drink Instead
It's best for children and their parents to limit or eliminate juice, soda and other sugar-sweetened beverages. Instead, your child should drink:
Water — Water has zero calories and no added sodium to make your child thirstier.
Nonfat milk — Kids should consume two to four servings of calcium-rich foods, such as nonfat milk, each day.
Other beverages with little or no sodium or calories — Look for 5 calories or less per serving. Some possibilities: sparkling water without sugar added, or occasionally as a treat, diet soda or a low-calorie beverage like Crystal Light.

Reviewed by health care specialists at UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital.
This information is for educational purposes only and is not intended to replace the advice of your doctor or health care provider. We encourage you to discuss with your doctor any questions or concerns you may have.
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by on Apr. 20, 2013 at 9:58 AM
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by Angela on Apr. 21, 2013 at 10:51 PM

No lol I hardly ever buy juice. When I do I look for 100% apple juice as it helps with my sons constipation. 

Quoting mandapanda82:

You never see the Sesame Street juice boxes??? they don't have to literally say it to push it!!! Companies do subliminal advertising all the time!! That's why so many ppl think juice is healthy for kiddos.. And it's fine occasionally just not a juice box for every single meal or snack or whatever..

Quoting angela.bouchard:

Am I the only one who hasn't seen a juice company saying a baby needs juice? Lol

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by on Apr. 22, 2013 at 12:24 PM
Yea I give dd oj every now a d then ... I just have an issue w parents that don't even give the kids a chance to like water cuz they are constantly filling them up with sugar water!

Quoting lauratupper:

 The only juice ds drinks is a cup of orange juice in the morning. But I do agree with you.

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by on Apr. 22, 2013 at 12:33 PM

So the kid may be getting the sugar of 3 cookies, but also getting vitamins out of it too.

I give my bug 1/2 cup of juice each afternoon between Daycare and dinner time.  With a snack/puffs
i see nothing wrong with it. 

Now i agree the parents that put soda in bottles, those are the people who need to be stopped.

Quoting mandapanda82:

A glass of oj is the same as giving 3 cookies to a kid!!! Read the article I posted

Quoting Nicki1995:

That's the type of juice we drink here. Nothing wrong with it imo

Quoting sissyboogs:

Aren't the sugars in 100% juice natural too? Again, not being least, not trying to be....I just read the label on my kids' apple juice. Ingredients: apple juice concentrate, filtered water, ascorbic acid (vitamin C) I missing something?

Quoting mandapanda82:

Oh because I said it makes them crave sugar... Well bm sugars are totally natural. That's a given and that's no problem at all

Quoting mandapanda82:

Whaa??? I never said anything negative about bm! I think it's wonderful if you're able to ebf!! I am not able too unfortunately due to medications-- but ya I never mentioned or brought up breastfeeding at all so I'm not sure i know what you are referring to

Quoting Junebaby18:

I agree with not giving juice to kids. But, do you not realize that breast milk is sweet tasting? The biggest area of our taste buds on our tongue is for sweet things. Not trying to start an arguement, but just stating facts.

by Bronze Member on Apr. 22, 2013 at 2:28 PM

Weren't you the one that said that the mothers on here are way to mean and theres a way to get your opinion across without being so mean and judgemental? You actually made a post about it! And when the girl posted about turning her child around in a carseat early YOU were posting saying how she can do whatever she wants and no one should be attacking her. You're being EXTREMELY hypocritical and there was a way posting this post without acting like you are better than everyone. :) Especially since your edit made no sense and contridicted itself. :) Just some food for thought- Don't bitch at other people for doing the same thing you are doing. Makes you look incredibly bad and is a great way to get bitched at. Now you can say "Idc what the people on here think," but if you cared enough before when you made a post about feeding your LO food too early and you got mad because people flipped out, then obviously you care now. Or it's the time of the month and you just need a way to vent. Either won't make friends. Not trying to be rude or anything, but I just don't like when people get hypocritcal.

Quoting mandapanda82:

Ha good one! It doesn't matter ppl are gonna think I'm "attacking" anyways!! So why not be a little girl on a power trip!! It's fun

Quoting emeraldangel20:

you say you're not attacking people but this reply is a perfect example. you're not going to make friends by being a condescending little girl on a power trip

Quoting mandapanda82:

Ooh i love giving our babies sugar loaded juicy juice!!! That's so healthy!!! Ridiculous

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by on Apr. 22, 2013 at 2:35 PM
Took my boys to my moms this weekend I told her my two and three year olds may have ONE cuppy of diluted juice. (Milk at breakfast and dinner) and water for the rest of the day. She threw a fit telling me juice is good for them and I should be giving them straight juice at a year old. Crazy.
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by Platinum Member on Apr. 22, 2013 at 3:04 PM

Breast milk is sweet, it's also packed full of nutrition and healthy fats.

Juice is not. It's much healthier to eat the fruit, or make your own juice/smoothies etc. using the WHOLE fruit.

Quoting Junebaby18:

I agree with not giving juice to kids. But, do you not realize that breast milk is sweet tasting? The biggest area of our taste buds on our tongue is for sweet things. Not trying to start an arguement, but just stating facts.

by Platinum Member on Apr. 22, 2013 at 3:11 PM


No juice for my kids. They don't get milk, either. Just breast milk until they wean, and then water. My son sometimes gets it now that he's in grade 1 and they have class parties and my 5 year old had some when she slept over at my parents house - but she didn't like it. She prefers water. My 2.5 year old only gets water.

by Bella on Apr. 22, 2013 at 4:56 PM

 We drink mostly water but yes my kid's get juice from time to time

by Member on Apr. 23, 2013 at 12:52 AM
I don't know any kids that don't drink juice. This seems weird to me!
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