Let’s talk a little bit about milk and juice in your child’s diet. Now in terms of milk, it is advised not to introduce cow’s milk to infants, less than a year of age. They should have only breast milk or infant milk formula. Now, after the age of 1 year, you can introduce whole cow’s milk that is a full fat milk, as fat is essential for the brain and the nervous system development. Now, unless there is a concern of obesity in the child or if there is a strong family history of obesity and heart disease, then you can consider using 2% fat milk. Now, after the age of 2 years, switch to 1% low fat or fat free milk. Now, children in the age group of 1-8 years should consume about 2 cups of milk per day and those on the age group of 9-13 years must drink 3 cups a milk per day. Now drinking excess milk can decrease the iron store and lead to iron deficiency anemia. It can ruin the kid’s appetite. It can cause tooth decay, when the teeth are exposed consistently to the natural milk sugars. And serving a milk can be replaced with yogurt or one-third cup of shredded cheese.
Now in terms of juices, do not offer juice to the infants less than 6 months old. And when you do give them juice, make sure they drink it from a cup and not the bottle and never at bed time. Limit the juice consumption to just 4-6 ounces a day for 1-8 years old and 8-12 ounces for 7-18 years old. Now juices should be 100% juice from fresh fruits and without added sugar. Eating a whole fruit is still the better option than drinking the juice, which lacks the fruit fiber. Now, fruit drinks and sweeten beverages are high in sugar and are not a wise choice because they lead to consumption of unnecessary calories, which in the long run is a concern for obesity. And excessive sugary drinks can lead to bloating and chronic diarrhea. Tooth decay can result from exposure to all these sugar and drinking fruit juice often can hamper the appetite.
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