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Low-income children may be drinking too much juice
Updated: 2/22/2012 7:00:02 PM

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It's important for parents to understand how foods and drinks can impact their kid's dental health. For example, it's important not to put a baby to bed with a bottle that has milk, juice or soda in it. These drinks all contain sugar that can be harmful to a child's teeth.

Recently, a new report from the University of Michigan (U of M) C.S. Mott Children's Hospital National Poll on Children's Health found that half of kids under the age of 5 in low income families drink twice the American Academy of Pediatrics' recommended serving of juice per day.

"Both childhood obesity and early dental problems are more prevalent in lower-income children, so the children we're most worried about in terms of these conditions are also those who are drinking the most juice," said Sarah Clark, M.P.H., Associate Director of the Child Health Evaluation and Research (CHEAR) Unit at U of M.

The researchers said that some parents may be encouraging kids to drink juice because they want them to get the recommended servings of fruit each day. However, this is an ineffective way to promote good nutrition, since the high sugar content of these drinks outweighs the benefits.

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