As the popular saying goes, “an apple a day keeps the doctor away.” That’s not the case for apple juice, though, which may actually be harmful to your child’s health, according to a new report by The Associated Press.
As if recent concerns about the level of arsenic in apple juice weren’t enough to turn parents off the sweet stuff, the Associated Press points out that the juice is also low in nutrients, high in calories and contains large amounts of sugar, which can be harmful to your child’s teeth. The Canadian Paediatric Society recommends offering water to your kids instead of juice for exactly these reasons. According to the Caring for Kids website, “Too much juice (especially apple juice) can cause toddler’s diarrhea, early childhood tooth decay or fill them up before their next meal.”
Trying to cut down on your family’s juice consumption? Consider these tips from Dr. Lili Nasseri, a family physician in Port Moody, B.C.
Do your kids drink juice? Has recent news about apple juice changed your family’s juice-drinking habits?