Some friends and family have wondered why I don't let my girls have juice. Maddie and Izzie are 28 months old and have only ever had water and milk to drink. They've never in their 2+ years had juice. There is no need in anyone's diet for juice. Juice is calories with no filling fiber. I can't say it any better than this article HERE. And THIS website has a table that shows that juice and soda have almost the same amount of sugar and even more calories than soda. Some people mix a bit of juice with water to dilute it. Okay, so fine, then you get half the amount of sugar than if you drank the same amount of liquid not diluted. Maddie and Izzie don't have any problems drinking water and milk. Why would I want to change that? Studies show that kids who drink juice will drink more soda when they are older than kids that never (or rarely) drink juice. The more sugar in your diet ("natural" or chemical) the more sugar you crave.
Am I being a hypocrite? I drink soda. The more I learn about processed foods versus REAL food, the more I'm changing my diet. I don't think I am a hypocrite. I've been saying for over a year now that "If I only ate what I fed my children, I'd be SO healthy!" Well... I'm making that change. I don't want my girls to only be healthy. I want them to be healthy AND have a healthy mother (and father!!) I was drinking up to 4 sodas a day a few months ago. Now I'm down to 4 sodas a week. I'm working on eliminating them completely from my diet. They just cost money (water is practically free.) And they are empty calories. As for diet soda.... yeah, no calories, I get that. Also, a diet soda has NO nutrition and we are all just chugging one big fat chemical.
Sure there is room in life for treats. But honestly, if you are going to have a treat, would you prefer a small cookie or a glass of orange juice? You may argue that the juice has more nutrients than the cookie. And you might be right. Although a cookie made with REAL eggs, nuts, oats, milk and a healthy oil such as coconut oil, it could possibly be debated. That isn't my point. Most people don't treat juice as a treat for their kids. They see it as a right. Something to give them with breakfast, lunch and dinner. Although they'd never give them that many cookies.
I love my family and friends and they are all entitled to their opinions just as I am entitled to mine. I hate it when someone tells me what to eat or that I'm eating something that is unhealthy. If my friends and family want to drink juice (and I drink it on an occasion too!) then that is their right and their choice. And let's keep in mind, I am talking about JUICE, it's not like it is the end of the world!
(PS... I have a ton of great photos of my neice's Lucy's first birthday party that we attended yesterday. I can't wait to show them to you, Lucy was so precious!! And we even caught a photo of Maddie giving Lucy a bottle!! But, I have to get some work done on my PAMOM newsletter tonight, so the photos and story of Lucy's first will have to wait a bit!)