At around six months of age, right around the time they start solids, parents introduce their kids to one of their most important diet staples for years to come -- fruit juice. But many parents complain about their children rapidly becoming addicted to the sugary sweetness of a juice drink, often at the expense of all other beverages.
Sure, fruit juice is a great source of vitamin C. But it's important to set limits. Many juices contain sorbitol, a non-digestible form of sugar that can cause loose stools by sending extra water from the bloodstream into the intestine. Aside from a runny tummy, too much juice can turn a toddler off to other foods and cause tooth decay.
Which juices are high in sorbitol?
Try and stick to the recommended daily allowance, which is one 4-6oz glass of juice. You can always up this a tiny bit if your child has a cold or is constipated.
Some tips to help curb your toddler's juice habit:
- Give juice in a cup instead of a bottle
- Dilute juice with 50% water
- Abstain for a few days and gradually reintroduce diluted juice
Looking to get creative? Try these recipes:
You can use the juicer attachment on your Cuisinart Stand Mixer to blend your baby any number of fresh tasty juices, without added sugar and preservatives.
Soothing Apple Cider
1/2 inch piece ginger
3 apples or 1 cup apple cider
Peachy Summer Juice
1 apple, cored and sliced
2 peaches, remove seed
1 pear, sliced