Diluting juice

Katie - posted on 10/05/2010 ( 75 moms have responded )

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My son is 11 months old, when do I stop diluting his juice?

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Carla - posted on 10/09/2010

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Never if you can help it! (but it's a personal choice). By diluting his juice; your lessening any damage to his teeth from the sugar, reducing the chance of a sugar-rush nightmare for you, and saving money on juice! My boy is nearly4 and we still mix it half/half, I drink mine the same anyway.

Jodi - posted on 10/05/2010

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I used to dilute my daughter's juice until she was about 3 or 4. Why not? It's not doing any harm, and by diluting it, they are getting less sugar, and more water, which isn't a bad thing :) I am pretty sure my son was about the same age when I stopped diluting it (but it was that long ago with him I can't remember).

Stifler's - posted on 10/12/2010

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I'm 21 and I drink half strength juice. Nutritionists recommend it.

MONIQUE - posted on 10/11/2010

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As a parent of a soon to be 5 yr old you should not stop diluting juice drinks at this time because #1 children do not drink enough water. Hydration is an essential especially to children and most juices even children drinks contain too much sugar and not enough nourishments. The child (ren) will eventually get use to low level sugar drinks and foods and will hopefully choose a healthier life style as they get older.

Donna - posted on 10/09/2010

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My son is 10 and loves juice as his primary drink of choice. I dilute the juice to reduce calories and make it go further, He doesn't have a clue.

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My answer is NEVER !

My husband and I still drink ours as 3/4 water, 1/4 juice, and we are both over 40. It is better for your taste buds, better for your teeth, better for your waistline and better for your wallet.

Maree - posted on 10/12/2010

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It is my understanding that children can suffer with stomach cramps and loose stools from 100 percent juice. Legally manufacturers are allowed to add 20 percent extra sugar without having to state it, along with the label no added sugar. Doctors do not suggest giving little ones full strength juice. If in doubt see your doctor or pediatrician for further advice, rather than experimenting on your child with the advice from any of us.

Chanelle - posted on 10/10/2010

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My son is 4 and I still dilute his juice a little. I personally don't think kids need all that sugar and I have been doing it so long he doesn't miss it!

Charlie - posted on 10/10/2010

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My son is nearly two and i still dilute his juice .

There is a lot of sugar in juice every 4 grams is a teaspoon of sugar and some have upward of 30 grams !

Lucy - posted on 10/10/2010

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My granddaughter is seven years old and I still dilute her juice. I dilute MY juice. Katie, there is a lot of sugar in fruit juice, that we do not need. I would rather see all of us eating the whole fruit, complete with the fiber it contains to more effectively balance our blood sugar, and then be accustomed to drinking clean, pure water. That's more what we do in our family. You'll end up with lower dental bills in the long run as well.

Tina - posted on 10/09/2010

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Capri Sun has flavored water the has less sugar and my kids love it. They usually drink milk, but when it is hot out I give them the "juice box" and they love it

Marissa - posted on 10/08/2010

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We still dilute my sons juice... and he'll be 4 years old. He get's only about 1/4 juice. Water is so much better for him... less sugar and calories. And when we are out and he gets straight juice he thinks it's such a treat!

Bridgett - posted on 10/08/2010

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I look at it like this his your baby, so when you feel ready! My son is almost 3 and I still dilute his juice it makes it last alot longer.

Kathleen - posted on 10/08/2010

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My Pediatricaian said no juice at all because of the sugar content. He said they can get nutriants from other sources, which is true, but my son hates fruits except bananas and so I dilute 1/2 and 1/2 so he has a little somerthing extra. He love it. It also helps them to like water more and less sugary drinks. Think about how many calories are in a glass of juice. And how many glasses they drink a day.

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I did not give daughter juice until she was about 3 and she got it in daycare. They don't need it - it is us who think they need it. Water and milk (if no allergy) should be fine. But dilute for as long as possible and why should he complain - it is all he knows. I still dilute my juice and my daughters.

Abo - posted on 10/08/2010

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Keep diluting, it's far healthier! I read a recommendation last week that adults should dilute their juice with 50-75% water ... you're probably thinking " I might as well drink water" - PRECISELY!

Anne - posted on 10/08/2010

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The juices are far too rich and sweet. Keep diluting it - at 75 I still dilute mine!! Better for teeth, calories and sugar intake.

Debbie - posted on 10/07/2010

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Don's stop. My son started drinking juice when he was about 18mths old, because he flatly refused to drink plain water anymore, and I used to water it down 50-50. Then I was told by a Family Health Nurse that he was drinking too much juice, so I watered it down further, with only 30% juice going in. Then, times got tough for us financially, so I watered it down further so it was only 10% juice. Eventually, he was happy to drink plain water again, so now he has very little juice. We ended up buying a cold press juicer one month when we had a little extra cash, so now the juice that he does have (maybe one cup every few days) comes from fresh fruit and vegetables with no nasty additives.

Tammy - posted on 10/07/2010

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Keep in mind that the sugar in juices far over powers any vitamin benefits. Juice is not supposed to be a main source of nutrients. Watering down reduces the vitamins(duh:)) and the sugar because you're watering it down. You actually get a much, much higher rate of vitamins from the whole food. Plus juices are generally heated while being processed and that kills vitamins too. Most of the vitamins from a fruit or vegetable are near or in the peel. Which you don't get in the juices. 75% of the vitamin C associated with an orange is located in the pith and the peel. You only get maybe 25% in the pulp and not all the pulp makes it into the juice. Just remember that the vitamins and minerals should come from the whole food and juice is really just a beverage, a thirst quencher, not a food substitute. Water is also better for the teeth. Juice is not so hot for the teeth, especially if it's late and you end up not brushing his/her teeth (or wiping gums if they don't have many:)). The acids and sugars go to work over night or even during the day during naps when saliva production is low. I hope this helps. Just talk to a nutritionist.

Laraine - posted on 10/07/2010

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If you use water straight from the tap without being filtered, certain minerals in the water may break down the vitamins in the juice. Filtered or bottled water is preferable.

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When my son first started drinking juice, the nutritionist said NOT to dilute it at all, just to give smaller amounts if it upset his tummy. She said the reason for this is because diluting it can break down some of the vitamins and the child won't get as much nutrition from it. I've heard from different doctors that this isn't true and so for awhile we didn't dilute at all. Then, (and this is gonna sound bad) my husband lost a portion of our income when Jacob was about 2 and for financial reasons (to make the juice last longer) we started diluting. Now, he's almost 3 and sometimes I dilute, sometimes I don't. Mostly now, I only dilute if I feel like he's already had enough juice for the day and I want him to drink water. Most of the time he's fine with just drinking water by itself but sometimes he refuses so I "pour" him some juice (into his sippy, after I've already filled it 90% with water) and that way he'll drink it lol

Tammy - posted on 10/07/2010

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There is so much sugar in juice without all the benefits of the fruit itself I wouldn't worry about it. I diluted for years. It was what he was used to. When he started trying to pour his own he diluted it himself. Sometimes it takes a second to sink in (I say from experience:)hahaha) but it is being diluted with WATER which many kids don't get enough of to begin with so dilute away and don't worry about it. The hard part will be weening them off juice and onto more water rather than soda!:)

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My son will be 2 in 2 weeks and I still dilute at least 50%... We keep the sugar as low as possible but ultimately it's your own choice.

Heather - posted on 10/07/2010

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I have been diluting juice for my almost 2 year old but I'm removing the juice content rather than removing the water and giving him straight juice. I also have a water foutain - filtered and fridgerated water and he helps himself to plain old water.....xox

Lucy - posted on 10/07/2010

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even the 100% juice is still very high in sugar..it's natural sugar, not processed sugar but sugar none the less and will still cause tooth decay. Juice really isn't a necessary part of the diet, it's a bonus and like I said should not be more than 4 ounces a day prior to dilution.

Amber - posted on 10/07/2010

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I stopped when my daughter was a year old, I just didn't give her as much as I would in a full bottle or sippie of diluted juice. I had no problems unless she drank more than two sippies a day of apple juice. The only reason why you dilute is to stop diarehea, and also if your baby is constipated you should give them apple juice and they will poo!

Kathy - posted on 10/07/2010

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My kids are 11, 13, 15. I still water down juice by adding an extra cup of water, to every litre. If your child is having fruit there is no need to stop watering down juice which has a high acidic content so not good for teeth. Citrus fruit should be eaten as part of a meal eg lunch not a snack due to this. This was recommended by my dental hygenist last week.

Maree - posted on 10/07/2010

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Why not just give your child water, as there is plenty of time for treats like juice as he gets older. Give him fruit instead so that he gets the fiber with the vitamins and the sugar intake is reduced. If you still want to give him juice, I would stick to what you are doing with the dialution. I know it is hard when your a new mum. Try not to worry too much and I am sure you are doing fine. Have a great day.

Lucy - posted on 10/07/2010

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there is no reason to stop. You are benefiting him by reducing the amount of sugar he is ingesting and increasing his water at the same time. He should only be geting 4 oz of juice daily anyway.

Candace - posted on 10/07/2010

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My son is 4 and I still dilute his juice! It all depends on how much sugar you want him to have! You can get Mots for Tots juice and not have to dilute it because it is already done for you, but he will be getting all 100% of the vitamins from the juice. Water is best for them though.

Katie - posted on 10/07/2010

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Well we try and buy the 100% juice so there isn't any added crap to it. We rarely dilute her juice anymore so I say when you want to stop and she doesn't take it diluted anymore then stop doing it. You could also buy one of those juicers so you know there hasn't been any added stuff to it.

Laraine - posted on 10/07/2010

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Michelle, while I totally respect and somewhat agree with the decisions you've made for your family, I have to "argue" the realistic nature of what you do. Yes, I know the addages - "If I can do it, anyone can" and "If you really care about the health of your family, you will do whatever it takes." However, in this economy and the busy lives that we already lead, realistically, this is next to impossible. Families in the U.S. are struggling to put food on the table daily: It's in the news everyday. Buying a gallon of 2% milk on sale that will last a growing family of four about 3-4 days is more realistic than that same family driving to a farm or specialty store to purchase organic milk that will cost approximately $2-3 a gallon more just is not. Yes, organic foods are better for you. No, they are not affordable, especially on a fixed income. Add that to most families not having enough time in any given day or the means to shop at a few different stores and you've got a trouble. This is the way I look at it: Everything in moderation. Follow the food pyramid, eat different colors at each meal. Although this is just my opinion, one of the reasons for the incredible amount of food allergies these days is that we forgot about moderation and variety. Cut down on the amount of processed foods and eat like they ate in the 1940's and 1950's. Then, there is no need for all the specialty items and chemical research required to by a hunk of cheese. Just my thoughts. Please don't take this as an attack on your lifestyle. I agree with what you are saying, it just seems unrealistic for so many other families out there. Have a good day.

Emily - posted on 10/07/2010

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My daughters are almost-9 (this month), 6, and 2.... and I still dilute their juice! I don't want them to have as much concentrated sugar that is in juice, so I still dilute it. :) I don't think it's bad to have straight juice (starting at one, I'd say), but it's better for their teeth and everything to have it diluted, and to minimize the amount of juice they get each day. Hope that helps!

Michelle - posted on 10/07/2010

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You have to be very careful with juice since most juice contains High Fructose Corn Syrup aka HFCS, corn syrup, or corn sugar. HFCS is very very bad for everyone's health. In-depth info about this with doctors can be found on www.Mercola.com. You can also just google "dangers of HFCS". Instead I gave my child organic milk in order to make sure it wasn't coming from a factory farm. (A factory farm has a sick animals fed massive amounts of antibiotics and hormones). Presently I give my child raw fresh goat and cow milk straight from the farm. ( it is obviously super important to know the animals are healthy, eating their natural diet.) At the farms I get the milk they also test the milk and post the results to show its safety. My daughter and family have been thriving now with raw milk for over 3 years now. Its great stuff. Easily digestible even for the lactose intolerant. Also there are incredible amounts of essential nutrients in raw milk. A good source is westonaprice.org, or just google it. Pasteurization destroys the milk and makes it unhealthy. One more thing. Soy milk is very, very unhealthy and even dangerous. The only safe soy is properly fermented soy and non-GMO, which is not the kind found in soy milk or put into health bars, cereal, etc. Even when it is properly fermented and non-GMO, it still raised the estrogen level extremely unnaturally high. When it is not fermented properly there is a whole added list of dangerous side effects let alone the even more added dangers of being genetically modified. Look up "dangers of soy".

Laraine - posted on 10/07/2010

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My son is 4 1/2 years old and I still dilute it. That way, he stays hydrated without all the sugar. He doesn't really know the difference and this is really one of the only ways I can get him to drink water, unless it's hot outside.

Tricia - posted on 10/07/2010

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I still dilute my sons juice and he is going on three. If you google how much juice is acceptable for a day it is not much, so I found diluting it gave him more servings and I really think he prefers it diluted, because if he gets it straight he doesn't want it half the time....

Liané - posted on 10/07/2010

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NEVER! I dilute my own juice and my kids (8, 4 & 3) prefer diluted juice. Their favourite is juice diluted with Rooibos tea.

Joy - posted on 10/07/2010

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As a dentist, I would recommend never. And, if possible, to switch to water only. All humans need to be hydrated, no matter the age. As your child continues to get teeth, the last thing you want is for the sugar in the juice to coat the teeth and become a food source for bacteria, therefore causing cavities. Good luck!

Kristine - posted on 10/07/2010

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IMHO...never! My oldest won't drink water so it's the only way I can get water into his body...

Kristine
Mom to Grayson (5.5) & Jaxon (1 year)

Lisa - posted on 10/07/2010

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My son is almost 11 years old and I still dilute his juice. There's no harm in diluting it. It's healthier and makes the juice last longer. He won't drink plain water and I don't want him to drink straight juice all the time so, it's a win-win situation.

Ashley - posted on 10/07/2010

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Not sure of this question myself...my son is 21 months and I still dilute his!

Artrivia - posted on 10/07/2010

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I'm wondering how much juice is he taking? I usually bought the diluted juice from the store. I stopped when my kids were more active. I only gave them maybe 4 ounces with lunch and dinner and and after that they had to drink water. I always kept water bottles (the cute character ones) everywhere! I never gave them juice in cute cups. If they wanted to play with the cup while they drank, it had to have water in it.

Jennifer - posted on 10/07/2010

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My kids are 4,4, and 5 years old. I still dilute t their juice. They don't need the sugar and have never known the difference.

Amber - posted on 10/07/2010

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My son is fixing to turn 2 and i still dilute his juice. Now on occasion he will drink from a juice box and it dont get diluted,but rare...

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Juice is basically liquid sugar. I dilute my own juice and I still add water to my 10-year-old's juice when she isn't looking (and she complains about it, too). One thing I'm doing now with my 15-month-old now that it's cold season (and she's too small still to chew up vitamin C tablets) is mix her juice with Emergen-C (the raspberry flavor goes pretty well with just a little grape juice). Fill up the cup with mostly water, add the powder from the packet, add some juice, cap it up and shake. She likes it and she gets more vitamin C which is excellent.

Lisa - posted on 10/07/2010

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Wait for as long as you can! Why not? Especially if he is getting vitamin C from fresh fruits and/or supplements.

Yvonne - posted on 10/07/2010

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I say if he drinks it and likes it, keep diluting it! Our kids get way too much sugar as it is. And it saves money in the long run.

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We still dilute our juice for my boys who are 6 and 8 and for my husband and myself. I think it is easier on the children to have them start from the beginning not craving the extra sweetness. OTOH, we don't drink soda at all, so juice and water are our regular choices.
There is no benefit at all to drinking straight juice. None.

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