Get the Facts About Fruit Juice
Straight from the American Academy of Pediatrics
According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, the average American drinks 6.6 gallons of juice each year and more than half of preschool children ages 2-5 drink juice regularly, consuming an average of 10 ounces per day. That is more than twice the amount of juice recommended by the American Academy of Pediatrics.
Over-consumption of juices can lead to obesity, which now affects 40 percent of adults and 19 percent of children in the U.S. Children ages 2-18 consume more than half of their fruit intake in the form of juice. Children and adults who drink juice feel less full than if they consume whole fruit, which can lead to an overall increase in food consumption.
Also, many fruit juices contain a significant amount of sugar. For example, a 12-ounce glass of orange juice contains 10 teaspoons of sugar, about the same as a can of Coca-Cola. Kids who drink a lot of juice tend to drink more sugary beverages, such as soft drinks, later on in life.
The amount of juice children are drinking has declined some in recent years, as more beverages such as flavored water gain popularity. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that parents and caregivers offer children whole fruits every day, instead of relying on fruit juices.