Two studies analyzed dietary intake information from nationally represented surveys about children and their drinking habits. One of the studies showed that children and adolescents are drinking more juice and sugary drinks, especially in their homes. The other study showed that children who drank 100% fruit juice were not more likely to be overweight than those who did not drink 100% fruit juice.

The first study analyzed what children drank, how much, and how these trends were changing. It showed that the number of calories children and adolescents (aged 2 to 19) get from sugar-sweetened drinks and 100% fruit juices is on the rise:
- Children and adolescents get 10% to 15% of total calories from sugar-sweetened beverages and 100% fruit juice.
- Children aged 6 to 11 saw a 20% increase in caloric intake from sugar-sweetened drinks.
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Soda makes 67% of all sugar-sweetened drink calories among adolescents and the use of sports drink (also loaded with sugar) consumption tripled among adolescents.

The study showed that a lot of these drinks were drunk in the home. On a typical weekday, 55% to 70% of sugar-sweetened drinks were taken at home and 7% to 15% were sipped at schools.

Study researchers say that pediatricians should be aware of these trends and help parents "identify suboptimal dietary patterns" in order to help keep their kids healthy.

Parents should limit sodas, sports drinks, and other sugary drinks. A healthy diet should include 100% fruit juices and pieces of whole fruits. Other fruit juices move out of the body so quickly and make children get hungrier faster.

The second study compared 100% fruit juice drinkers to those who did not drink 100% fruit juices and found that:

• 100% fruit juice drinkers who drank more than 6 ounces had higher levels of carbohydrates, vitamin C, vitamin B6, folate, potassium, magnesium, and iron than those who did not drink 100% fruit juice.
• those who drank more than 6 ounces of 100% fruit juice also ate more whole fruit and less fat and added sugar than those who didn't drink 100% juice. There was no reduction of dairy, vegetables, meat, and whole grain intake in children who drank 100% fruit juice compared with those who didn't.
• those who didn't drink 100% fruit juice drank more sodas and sugar-added fruit drinks.
• drinking 100% fruit juices had not been linked to being overweight or obese in children aged 2 to 11.

The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) advises to keep things in balance by:

• limiting 100% fruit juice to 4 to 6 ounces of fruit juice a day for children aged 1 to 6 and 8 to 12 ounces of fruit juice a day for children aged 7 to 18.
• introducing whole fruits. You get the juice plus the nutrients in the flesh of the fruit.
• not encouraging young children to drink a big glass of juice at the front end of the meal because this causes them to fill up and not have room for a nutritionally balanced meal.
• checking the labels. If it's 100% fruit juice, the federal government requires it say so on the label.