(USA TODAY) — The American Academy of Pediatrics, citing obesity and dental health concerns, said children should not drink fruit juices in their first year.
The professional group, in a new recommendation, said the drinks offer "no nutritional benefit" to kids under 1.
"Parents may perceive fruit juice as healthy, but it is not a good substitute for fresh fruit and just packs in more sugar and calories," said Dr. Melvin B. Heyman, who co-authored the Academy's statement on the issue. "Small amounts in moderation are fine for older kids, but are absolutely unnecessary."
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