Fruit juice often gets a bad rap. I feel though that like many foods it depends on quantity and perspective.
For fussy eaters finding perspective can be really important for making progress. I have seen children become stuck when parents are only wanting to feed ‘healthy’ foods even if those are outside of their child’s comfort zone.
I am a huge fan of stuffing children full of nutrient dense options. I also know that meeting a child where they are at is critical for long term success in the eating sphere.
Fruit juice can be a way to scaffold progress for a child that is not yet comfortable eating whole fruit. Or to support adding a new fruit.
If it’s a choice between no fruit or some fruit juice then I would choose fruit juice every time. It is adding the flavour of the fruit to our child’s diet and making a move to whole fruit easier.
They are also gaining some of the health benefits of eating whole fruit.
I’m obviously not suggesting swapping juice for water but having some as part of the diet is not a bad plan.
Fruit juice rather than ‘fruit drinks’ are where it’s best to be, if possible.
Judith is an AOTA accredited picky eating advisor and internationally certified nutritional therapist. She works with 100+ families every year resolving fussy eating and returning pleasure and joy to the meal table.
She is also mum to two boys and the author of Creating Confident Eaters and Winner Winner I Eat Dinner. Her dream is that every child is able to approach food from a place of safety and joy, not fear.
Learn more about Judith here: https://theconfidenteater.com/about/