Over the past few years, fruit juice has gotten a lousy rap. But while it can be high in sugar and low in fiber, it's not all bad, says Bethany Thayer, a spokesperson for the American Dietetic Association. Yes, whole fruit is better because it typically provides more nutrients, but your family can still enjoy juice and take advantage of its health benefits by choosing the right kinds in moderation:
Look for 100 percent fruit juices. Nutrient-rich picks: Purple grape juice, cranberry juice (both are high in antioxidants), and OJ, which is loaded with vitamin C, potassium, folate, and sometimes added calcium.
Limit yourself (and older kids) to 6 ounces a day. Kids 6 months to 12 years old should have no more than 4 to 6 ounces a day. (Skip it for babies younger than 6 months.)
If your child wants more, dilute it with water to make it go further.