“All these juice boxes and pouches parents are always giving kids are essentially just sugar,” says Wesley Delbridge, RD, an Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics spokesman who specializes in children’s nutrition. “They drink it, get a sugar rush, and then crash.”
He says all types of fruit juice are problematic, but he’s especially concerned about apple juice, because that’s what he sees young kids drinking the most. Parents think it’s healthier than orange, grape, or cherry juices, but they’re wrong. Even 100 percent apple juice can sack kids with 160 calories a cup—and that’s almost entirely fructose, says Delbridge. Plus, they are missing out on the fiber they’d get from eating apples, as well as all the nutrients packed into the peels. Don’t buy the hype about juices being fortified with vitamin C and minerals either, he adds, because children aren’t usually lacking in these nutrients.
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