Thursday, May 10, 2007

Sweet vindication

Scooter drinks more juice than he is "supposed" to. We once almost got into a fight about this with one of his pediatricians. She sternly told us that it didn't matter if we only gave him 100% juice, it all counted the same--not nutritious enough, too many calories, a cause of childhood obesity. And so we continued to allow our (nearly underweight) son to drink as much juice as he wanted, but now in secret and guiltily. We tried to mitigate the guilt by recognizing that he also drinks water and milk and that the juice we give him never has added sugar and is often organic. A part of me really did believe this reasoning, but I hated that pediatrician's condescension.

And then I read this today. Kids who drink 100% fruit juice are no more likely to be overweight than those who drink none. My favorite point:
In fact, children in the 2- to 3-year-old category who drank the most juice were nearly three times less likely to be overweight or at risk for overweight (sic) than children who drank no juice at all.
As well as this:
Nicklas and her colleagues also found that children who drank any amount of 100 percent juice ate less total fat, saturated fat, sodium, added sugars and added fats. Pure juice drinkers also had higher intakes of a number of key nutrients including vitamin C, potassium, magnesium, folate, vitamin B6 and iron. They also ate more whole fruits, like apples.
If I were just a little pettier, I would print out a copy of the article and send it to her. I won't go quite that far, but I will be shedding that motherly guilt when I pour my son's orange juice!


Suz said...

Good for you!

My kids can drink anything as long as they do it from a sippy cup. Well, except maybe wine.

Laural said...

I'm so in agreement with you. My son's doctor said the same thing (I love her, but still ...) I think it's a great way to get his fruit. And, the truth is he doesn't eat as much as he should - so if he wants juice I give it to him. He needs the calories. And, I think it puts them on a healthy path.
Mind you he also loves sugar-free green sour apple pop. (don't ask ... I have no idea why!!!)

Mouse said...

This particular pediatrician (there were 4 in the practice) drove us nuts because she would only stick to the official line and wouldn't stray off of that. The last time we saw her, she rattled off a whole list of ways to get more veggies into Scooter--at that point, we just smiled and nodded, knowing that he wouldn't touch any of the things she suggested.

bubandpie said...

That totally makes sense to me. I've actively promoted juice with Bub because the vitamin C helps him absorb the iron from his chick peas (main iron source since he doesn't eat meat). His interest in juice has really dropped recently - he's all about the milk now (main protein source since he doesn't eat meat).

Mad Hatter said...

Interesting. I think I'll start relaxing a bit on this one.

Lisa b said...

Sweet vindication indeed.
There is so much as moms we feel guilty about I hate it when the peds add to it.

Her Bad Mother said...

THANK YOU. I've been having the same (internal) dialogue with our doctor (in my head). WB doesn't get much juice, but when she does it's always %100 juice and always watered down. She's a skinny thing, and she likes her beverages more than her fruits - what's a desperate mom to do for vitamin C?

Aliki2006 said...

I think you SHOULD print it out and share it!

We drink tons of the calcium-added pure OJ around here--we're vegetarians AND, to top it off, my son eats virtually nothing that's a protein source OR a dairy source.

Mouse said...

It's been interesting to see these comments. Maybe I'm biased, but it seems to me we have a collection of intelligent and well-educated women who all know about the official line, but have been going against it for various reasons--most of which were based on a combination of logic and commonsense. And it turns out we're right! (done with the gloating now, really)