Jefferson Pediatrician Answers Reader’s Question about Fruit Juice

Gary A. Emmett, MD

Gary A. Emmett, MD

Fruit juice – 100 percent fruit juice, that is – is viewed as a great way to provide children with essential nutrients. But is serving your child fruit juice bad for their overall health?

That was a question asked by a reader on the organization’s Healthy Kids blog. Here’s how Jefferson pediatrician and blog contributor Gary Emmett, MD,  responded.

On the plus side, Dr. Emmett, notes that small servings of orange juice can provide children with vitamin C and potassium. But, he adds, there are negatives including the added calories of sweetened drinks and packaging that encourages large serving sizes.

Read “Is Juice Good for You” with Dr. Emmett’s full answer on

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