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New Research About Juice

Worried that the juice boxes your toddler begs for will make her fat? Relax! As long as you give her 100 percent fruit juice (and not, say, a sugar-added fruit drink), it won't put her at risk of tipping the scales, according to a new study in the American Journal of Lifestyle Medicine.

Specifically, the study of more than 3,600 kids between the ages of 2 and 11 found that there was no association between drinking 100 percent fruit juice and being overweight. What's more, the 100-percent-juice drinkers had a better diet overall. "They had higher intakes of vitamin C, potassium, magnesium, and folate," says study coauthor Theresa Nicklas, a professor of pediatrics at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston. They also ate less fat and added sugar -- and more whole fruits.

Bottom line: There is absolutely no reason to stress over giving your kid 100 percent juice as part of a healthy diet. In fact, one box (or four to six ounces) counts as one serving of fruit. Still a little queasy about giving in to more than one juice fix a day? Go ahead and cut the extras with water!