excessive consumption of sweet drinks

Mercy - posted on 01/29/2014 ( 5 moms have responded )




Is it okay for my 4yr old to have up to 3packs of juice in a day? She never gets tired of drinking her any kind of juice.how do I restrict her?


Jodi - posted on 01/29/2014




It's called saying no. Learn it. It will come in very handy over the coming years, and would probably have been very handy now.

NO it is NOT okay for her to drink this much juice. Do you understand how much SUGAR there is, even in natural juice? You are setting your child up for a lifetime of problems. One regular (250ml) cup of fresh, natural juice has the equivalent amount of sugar as 2 ADULT servings of fruit. No add up how many servings of fruit your child is getting. Fruit is good for you, but only in moderation. The juice, however, is not giving you the nutrients the actual fruit gives you.

Personally, I would limit it to one glass a day. My children are much older, and I still limit it to one glass a day. The rest of the time, if they are thirsty, they drink water.

Sarah - posted on 01/29/2014




4 ounces of juice in a day should be about all your daughter should be having the rest should be milk or water. Too much juice is not good. They r high in sugar that could cause issues with her body over time as well as cause rot on her teeth.

I agree with Shawnn......you are the parent. If you are having a hard time standing up to your daughter now it is only going to get worse. Set the rule and the enforce it.


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Rebekah - posted on 01/29/2014




Along with setting limits as the others mentioned, the other intervention you can do is to water down her juice... half water, half juice. Do it gradually and she probably won't notice. It will be a healthier option... but yes, she doesn't "need" the juice at all, really. Whole fruits are much better, health-wise, for her.

♫ Shawnn ♪♫♫ - posted on 01/29/2014




Well, you ARE the parent, correct? You tell her "you may have water or milk to drink." When she throws a fit, you tell her, "when you're done with your fit, you may have water or milk to drink", and you don't give in.

Juice contains excessive sugars, unless you are very careful to purchase 100% sugar free, or make your own.

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