Parents have been getting the warning messages for years not to give their children fruit juices as their consumption has been linked to many ailments from obesity to tooth decay.

A new study that included over 3,500 children aged 2 to 11 claims quite the opposite. Study results showed that 100% fruit juices were not associated with excess weight or obesity in children. The study showed that children who drank real juice had healthier diets in general and ate more whole fruit but less fats and sugars in comparison to children who did not. Further more, their juice consumption did not limit their milk intake and they were getting more vitamin C, potassium, magnesium, folate, and B6.

What surprised the researchers is the low number of children who actually drank real juice. Fifty-seven percent of all children were not drinking any real juices at all.

Paediatricians and dieticians are still thinking about pushing juices because although it is a healthy nutrients source, it may entice all-day drinking due to its sugar content and vivid colours. That would lead children to drink much more than 4 ounces, the amount used in the study especially when they know that bottles with juice made today are 10 to 12 or more ounces large.

This may lead to over-consumption and negative effects such as chronic diarrhea, tooth decay and excess weight.