Diarrhea risk: why small children are only allowed to get a little fruit juice

Young children can develop diarrhea from too much fruit juice
Freshly squeezed juices are healthy: fruit provides valuable vitamins and minerals. However, small children should not drink too much of it, otherwise there is a risk that they will develop diarrhea. The vitamin supply can also be guaranteed differently.

Not too much fruit juices for young children
Experts such as the German Society for Nutrition recommend eating five servings of fruit and vegetables a day. Some experts think ten servings a day would be even better. Part of it can still be consumed in liquid form. But caution is advisable for small children. Freshly squeezed juices are healthy, but increase the risk of diarrhea in young children. The vitamin supply can be guaranteed in other ways, even for the smallest.

Increased risk of obesity and tooth decay
Scientists at the American Academy of Pediatrics recently reported in Pediatrics, a medical journal, that infants under the age of one should not consume fruit juices.

Even if they are a bit older, consumption should be limited. According to the experts, large consumption of fruit juices increases the risk of obesity and tooth decay in young children.

As the professional association of pediatricians (BVKJ) reports on its website "", there is yet another reason for the moderation: If young children drink too much fruit juice, there is a risk of diarrhea.

Childish intestine does not tolerate as much fructose
According to the experts, the child's intestine does not yet tolerate as much fructose, which is why some toddlers get diarrhea from large amounts of fruit juice.

In addition, about five percent of the population suffer from fructose malabsorption. With this food intolerance, the digestion of fructose in the intestine is disturbed.

According to the BVKJ, diarrhea stops as soon as affected children stop drinking fruit juices.

Fresh fruit instead of juice
Pediatricians are advised to give children fruit rather than juices. This contains less fructose and more fiber important for digestion.

But the right measure is crucial. According to the consumer advice center of North Rhine-Westphalia, it is advisable to consume at least three servings of vegetables and two servings of fruit a day to meet the needs of all vitamins and minerals.

To determine the appropriate amount, the size of the child's hand can be used for portioning.

A bit of juice, however, is fine. According to the BVKJ, children from one to three years of age generally tolerate half a glass a day, and a little more from four years of age. Children under the age of one should best not get any fruit juice at all.

Fruit juice should generally be mixed with plenty of water. Water or unsweetened teas are much better for quenching your thirst. (ad)

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