Whole fruit is “less of a pure sugar intake,” Dr. Abrams said. “We want kids to learn how to eat fresh foods. If you assume fruit juice is equal to fruit, then you’re not getting that message.”
Dr. Man Wai Ng, the dentist in chief at Boston Children’s Hospital, applauded the ban on juice for infants and took a hard-line stance for preschoolers and older children. One hundred percent fruit juice should be offered only on special occasions, especially for kids who are at high-risk for tooth decay, she said.