Children, Ramesh Sachdeva

Study Researches Relationship Between Fruit Juice and Weight Gain

 

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Fruit Juice
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Dr. Ramesh Sachdeva brings more than three decades of experience as a physician and public health executive to his current role as associate executive director of the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) in Elk Grove Village, Illinois. In his time with the AAP, Dr. Ramesh Sachdeva has been responsible for the creation of a number of new divisions within the organization.

A recent report published in the American Academy of Pediatrics’ journal Pediatrics examined the relationship between 100 percent fruit juice consumption and weight gain in children. Researchers compared data collected from more than 34,000 children across eight different studies in order to determine if 100 percent fruit juice consumption led to weight gain in the age 1-18 population.

Researchers found that children six years of age and younger did gain a small amount of weight when they consumed a single serving of 100 percent juice daily, but the weight gain was negligible. Older children age 7-18 experienced no significant weight gain when consuming a single serving each day.

In light of this research, AAP continues to recommend that children six years of age and under only consume 4-5 ounces of 100 percent fruit juice per day. For the population age 7-18, the limit increases to 8-12 ounces each day.

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