Fruit juice and change in BMI: A meta-analysis

Brandon Auerbach, MD, MPH; Fred Wolf, PhD; Abigail Hikida, MD; et al.
Pediatrics. March 2017; 139(4): e20162454.

Meta-analysis study conducted at the University of Washington and looking at 8 cohort studies related to juice intake and weight gain (BMI z scores) in children.

Key Findings: No association was found between 100% fruit juice consumption and weight gain in children older than six years old. In children ages 1 to 6 years old, fruit juice consumption was associated with a small (but clinically insignificant) amount of weight gain averaging a quarter pound over a one year period. Recommendations included more research is needed in this younger age group. These findings show 100% juice is not associated with obesity in children.

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