There is a misconception that juice is healthy. Perhaps it’s the colorful packaging that is marketed to children, giving a false belief that if they’re marketed to children, they must be good for them. Whatever the reason, the fact of the matter is, that many of these “fruit drinks” and juices contain loads and loads of sugar.
Even juices that claim to be “freshly squeezed” undergo processing that takes away much of the original flavor of the fruit. To make the juice palatable, flavor and sugar is added. Many of these “healthy” juices may retain some of the original nutrients including vitamins and minerals, but the added sugar can really negate those efforts. In fact, fruit juice contains just as much sugar and calories as a sugary soft drink — in some cases, even more.
Rather than giving your child juice, give them the whole fruit along with a glass of water to help wash it down. They will retain all the nutrients including fiber that gets lost in the juicing process.