A new study published in The Journal of Nutrition suggests that mothers should hold off giving their babies fruit juice. Researchers studied over 4,000 mothers and followed their children’s health for seven years. The children who had been given juice before they were a year old were 50 percent more likely to drink lots of juice later in childhood and 60 percent more likely to consume large amounts of sodas. They also had much higher odds for later obesity and tooth decay. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that fruit juice not be given to infants prior to 12 months of age, if at all, as these juices have large amounts of sugar with no fiber.
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