ChildcareAlive! Beverage Resources
Best Practice: Provide access to water during meals and throughout the day, and don’t serve sugar-sweetened drinks. For children age 2 and older, serve low-fat (1%) or non-fat milk, and provide no more than one 4- to 6-ounce serving of 100% juice per day.
Not all beverages are created equal, especially when it comes to giving drinks to our children! Children need to eat a variety of foods to get all of the vitamins and minerals they need to grow. Sometimes beverages, even 100% juice, can replace more nutritious foods in a child’s diet.
Why offer fresh fruit instead of 100% fruit juice?
Eating a fresh or whole fruit will always be more nutritious than drinking 100% juice.
Whole fruit provides nutrients that juice does not, including fiber, Vitamin A, and folate.
100% juice typically provides an abundance of sugars and may fill a child’s stomach with liquid, so they do not have an appetite for more nutritious foods.
Why offer 100% fruit juice instead of a juice drink, sports drink, or pop?
When consumed in limited amounts (4-6oz/day), 100% fruit juice can provide some valuable nutrients, including vitamin C and potassium.
100% fruit juice provides a limited amount of nutrients, while other sugary drinks provide primarily sugar and no vitamins/minerals.