Commentary: Fruit juice and child health

Steven Abrams, MD; Stephen Daniels, MD, PhD
Pediatrics. March 2017;139(4): e20170041.

This commentary written by current (Abrams) and former (Daniels) Chairs of the AAP’s Committee on Nutrition, reviews the results of the Auerbach study (see above).

Key Findings are:

  1. supports the new American Academy of Pediatrics guidance allowing 4 oz of juice for 1-3 years of age, 4 to 6 oz of 100% juice for children 4-6 years of age and 8 oz for children 7-18 years of age.
  2. shows that 100% juice can be beneficial for helping children meet the dietary recommendations for fruit
  3. supports the inclusion of 100% juice in the diets of young children and in public policy initiatives including government programs such as WIC.

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