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Poor kids drink too much juice

Updated: May 9, 2012 10:18AM

Many young children from low-income families drink too much juice, new research shows.

To fight childhood obesity and tooth decay, the American Academy of Pediatrics recommends children 6 and under consume only one serving of juice — even 100 percent fruit juice — a day.

A University of Michigan study found about 50 percent of kids in low-income families drink twice that much.

Parents who give their child juice as a healthy alternative may actually be feeding them nearly as much sugar as they would get in soda, the study’s authors said.

“Doctors need to be very specific in letting parents know that whole fruit is the best way to have a child get recommended servings of fruit, and that fruit juice should be limited,” said Michigan researcher Sarah Clark.

Gannett News Service

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