Juice

Heather - posted on 04/15/2010 ( 34 moms have responded )

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I haven't started my daughter on juice yet. I am concerned about the amount of sugar that is in most juices even if they say 100% fruit juice. Anyone know of juices that are 100% fruit juice and have little to no sugar in them?

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Ashley - posted on 11/05/2012

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I personally would never do commercial juice for my child. I am kind of a food nut!You are completely correct, most juices have extremely high levels of sugar and little to no nutritional value. I juice for our daughter and have since she was around 9 months old. We use different blends of carrot, kale, apple, garlic, tomato, and cucumber juices. Try juicing your own :) It's awesome!

Sunna - posted on 11/02/2012

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but Clare- fruit juices, cola, soda, sweetened drinks ARE a bad thing! full of much too much sugar - a child should learn to love water to quench their thirst!



200 years ago the average human consumed less than 5 lbs of sugar PER YEAR - now we eat on average 150 LBS PER YEAR! - tooth decay and obesity are the obvious result.



Sunna

Sunna - posted on 11/02/2012

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please keep your child away from fruit drinks! they have soooo much sugar and promote tooth decay and childhood obesity - we learned the hard way with tooth decay in our 1 year old - but fruit juice was only the tip of the bad diet iceberg - please look at your childs whole diet!



give your baby water or tea - if she/he is thirsty she will drink - avoid ALL fruit juices - yes i know this sounds different but it is true that fruit juices will contribute to tooth decay and childhood obesity -



we used to give fruit juices to our toddler and had the start of terrible tooth decay - we stopped and learned about diet - and STOPPED and HEALED the tooth decay - our story of Lola is here:



Healing Tooth Decay: Cod Liver Oil/Butter, Xylitol, Spry Gel & Tooth Powder - http://daiasolgaia.com/?p=74



we consume on average hundreds of times more sugar than what is healthy - and fruit juice is the start of a lifetime of sugar addiction.



Love,

Sunna

Tiffany - posted on 10/02/2011

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natural fruit juice will ALWAYS have sugar in them because fruits have natrally occuring sugar called fructose.

Rebecca - posted on 05/17/2010

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All juices contain sugar in one form or another. Either added, or naturally. So, while a little juice (ones without added sugar) are ok (no more than 6oz per day), it is not a necessity! Fresh fruits and veggies are best, and water & milk are the best liquids for little bodies (and big bodies). There is no requirement that babies/toddlers need juice, as fresh fruits and veggies are the best for them. If your daughter is drinking water fine, then there is no great reason to start juice.

Angelica - posted on 04/30/2010

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I also give my little one the Mott's 40% less juice. Though I just give her the Apple one not fruit juice one. The Apple one has more nutrients. Also, I have tried the Apple & Eve fruitables which has 1/3 less sugar than most brands...but then I still dilute with water. Half and Half.

Leslie - posted on 04/29/2010

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My doctor told me that water and milk is all they need, I give my son juice as a treat sometimes, but mostly water and milk. There is too much sugar in most juice.

Clare - posted on 04/28/2010

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I'm not saying squash and juice are a bad thing, just that I don't think it's absolutely necessary to give it. If the baby is happy with water, then why rock the boat? As one mum said, there is sugar in everything and a certain amount is essential. It's all about balance. I may choose to give my son an occasional biscuit as a treat, which means I need to balance this in other areas. Not giving drinks with sugar might be a way to bring that balance in. It's always a matter of personal choice for mums and people shouldn't get too hung up on what other mums are doing.

Gwynne - posted on 04/28/2010

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You know, pretty much every kind of food we eat has sugar in it. Sugar is not necessarily a bad thing, it is metabolized into energy and used to fuel growth. 100% Fruit juice contains healthy vitamins that your child uses to grow. Some juices even add calcium for healthy bone growth. Letting your child have a bit of juice is not equivalent to letting them suck on a lollipop or chow down a cookie/candybar/icecream. I really don't understand why everywhere I go and read about moms talking about juice as if they are talking about poison. ('I don't use it', 'I don't use it', 'I don't use it' , etc., etc.)

Elizabeth - posted on 04/28/2010

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there is organic juices that doesnt have sugars. but if your really worried about the sugars, try Crystal Light. It has no sugars in it and my son loves them! Specially the Pom Lemonade and Wild Strawberry flavors.

Amber - posted on 04/28/2010

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My son is 15 mos old he does get juice 100% NO ADDED Sugar but only watered down...and he does not get it every day.

Clare - posted on 04/28/2010

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I'm a big water drinker and have so far kept my 16 month old son on plain water. We live in a hot climate, so he needs to drink plenty of fluids. I'd rather he didn't get used to squash, so the theory is that if I don't introduce him to squash, hopefully he'll be happy with water. He eats lots of fresh fruit and vegetables, so that ought to satisfy his nutritional needs.

Kami - posted on 04/27/2010

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I have been giving my baby juice since he was 9 months old. I only put a little bit in there and the rest is water. I only give him juice once a day!

Melinda - posted on 04/27/2010

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we dont have juice at our place unless it is special treat then it is a heinz popper which is 10% juice and the rest is water - i have a 4yr old and a 15mth old the 15mth old has never had juice and the 4yr old has only had watered down juice and if she ever has a full strength popper at a friends place she cant drink it. I work as a dental assistant in the school dental service and juice is a killer for kids teeth - especially in bottles - if you want to give it to your child water it down and that is the way they will always drink it - but it isnt a necessity if your child is eating fruit...good luck

Elizabeth - posted on 04/26/2010

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The Wal-Mart brand 100% apple juice with no added sugar is what we use. We also dilute it with water. I usually do 3/4 water and he only gets it once a day.

Denitsa - posted on 04/25/2010

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My little son prefer to drink a home made juce from orange and greapfruit. :-)

Denisse - posted on 04/25/2010

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Hey Heather!! So here is what I do. Look at the listed ingredients they have to say from fruit or fruit concentrate, all juice has sugar, duh it's made from fruit just has to say no added sugar. Welche's is great so are Fruitables and V8 juice but not V8 splash the other one in the smaller bottle has more vitamins. I always water down the juice Emmanuel drinks no matter what it is though, at least half water half juice, so he won't get used to drinking sweet stuff just yet. Hope that helps. The juices made especially for babies aren't great at all.

Amy - posted on 04/23/2010

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We have started with Motts for Tots, it's already 50% water and I only give him half of that with half water. He loves it and it works well for us. At night, he only gets water.

Belinda - posted on 04/21/2010

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Hi Heather. I have five children aged 9, 7, 5, 3, 1 and none of them still have any juice. There is no need for them to have it. When I first had my first child my health nurse was very adament about not giving them juice and i happened to agree and still stand by it. I don't know of any that have no sugar in them either! I feel that once you offer your child juice they will no longer choose to have water, they will always want the juice, and I think it's a battle I don't need to add to the list !!! Good luck!

Amanda - posted on 04/20/2010

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Any juice is going to have sugar b/c it occurs naturally in fruits. I would dilute the juice with water - 1 part juice to 2 parts water. That way the sugar content is lower than just giving regular juice.

Danielle - posted on 04/20/2010

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We never do juice either. My LO is very happy with milk at meals and water in between. We have only used juice once when we were teaching her to use a sippy cup. If we did, we would use Juicy Juice. 100% juice, no added sugar but does have a lot of naturally occurring sugar.

Li - posted on 04/20/2010

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I don't feed my son juice, just fruits such as seedless grapes, bananas, kiwis,strawberries, a little bit oranges.

100% fruit juice means no added sugars. If you want to give her juice, diluted it with water. Otherwise, it'll be too acidic.

Leah - posted on 04/20/2010

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there's no need for juice. My kids drink water or milk/formula except on special occasions. Water is better for you and cheaper by far. Why develop an expensive and fattening habit?

Alicia - posted on 04/20/2010

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I agree with Katie McHenry there. We were recommended Motts for Tots too, and my little guy loves it. We still water down his juice tho too. He only gets his sippy cup with juice and I think they are usually 4oz, so he eventually gets a full 4oz in one day b/c he gets two sippys except on hot days. We still give him Vitamin D milk and lots of water. He loves his water and juice with ice cubes its so cute! He loves to shake it! Hope you get it figured out!

Katie - posted on 04/20/2010

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Hello! I give my daughter juice that my our pediatrician told us about. It's MOTT"S for tots. It's Fruit Juice plus Purified Water, and has 40% less sugar than regular juices, and half the calories. I've compared it to some of the other toddler juices and regular juice that adults would drink and it's the best thing I've found. Sadie, my daughter, loves it, and I have tryed it and tasted pretty blah, but as long as it's good for her and she likes it, then it's all good with me!

Jane - posted on 04/19/2010

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i give as little as possible, only if we're at a friend's house and it's offered. it gives our little one diaper rash/diarrhea. even the diluted ones. our pediatrician recommends fruit only, no junk it fruit and fruit has the fiber they need to keep them regular. it really has no nutritional value if it's not in it's natural form w/fiber. water is best if you're not going to giver her milk.

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Anything that is 100% fruit juice will have no added sugar, just what occurs naturally in the fruit. We let our son have juice, but it is pretty watered down (2 oz juice to 6 oz water) so that he gets a little bit of flavor, but not as much sugar. Mostly we do milk and water.

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We don't serve juice around here. The whole fruit has everything the juice has and more.
Just read the ingredients for any added sugars, remembering that the fruit will have sugar of its own.

Stephanie - posted on 04/18/2010

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if its 100% juice they don't usually add more sugar, its all just the natural sugars.. jasmine gets her juice 1/2 with water. she gets a total of 12oz juice, and its cut with water, and she drinks 24oz of milk a day

Lynette - posted on 04/16/2010

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we don't do any juice. whole fruit is a much better way to get that nutrition. I do keep those little bottles of pear juice in the cuboard for when one of the family gets constipated, it always fixes that. For my 15mo old she drinks water and breastfeeds. Eventully I plan to give her coconut milk as well. But no juice, unless it's for tummy issues.

Amber - posted on 04/16/2010

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even if they have 100% fruit juices, they still will have sugar in them, because there is a lot of naturally occuring sugars in fruits. Just look for no sugars added and they should be fine. Instead of giving my daughter 1 cup of juice, I give her 1/3 to 1/2 then water the rest down, she gets the flavor but half the sugars. Limit it to 1 serving a day with the rest of her liquids being water and milk, it's all about moderation.

Amber - posted on 04/15/2010

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there is a brand adam and eve the juice is called fruitables and it is made with fruits and veggies and it has no added sugar no high fructose corn syrup it doesn't taste super sweet like a lot of juice so you can tell it doesn't have all the added sugar but my son will drink it.

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