Fruit Juice Causing Restlessness – Follow-up

Fruit Juice Causing Restlessness - Follow-up

After my October 26, 1999 column on fruit juices causing restlessness in children, I’ve gotten into a number of conversations about juice with parents and healthcare providers. Most were unaware of another downside of fruit juices in children – these empty calories leave children shorter (yet heavier) than their peers.

A study published in the journal Pediatrics found that children who drank more than 12 ounces of juice per day became measurably  fatter while their height-growth faltered. Most of us would like to be a bit taller and a bit slimmer.

I can’t think of many who would prefer the shorter and fatter option.

Dr. Alan Greene

Dr. Greene is the founder of (cited by the AMA as “the pioneer physician Web site”), a practicing pediatrician, father of four, & author of Raising Baby Green & Feeding Baby Green. He appears frequently in the media including such venues as the The New York Times, the TODAY Show, Good Morning America, & the Dr. Oz Show.

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