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David Evans

Independent Health Researcher

Saturday, 26 March 2011

Excess fruit juice and low fat diets are associated with failure to thrive in infants

Published in PEDIATRICS Vol. 93 No. 3 March 1994, pp. 438-443

Excess Fruit Juice Consumption as a Contributing Factor in Nonorganic Failure to Thrive
Melanie M. Smith MNS, RD1, Fima Lifshitz MD1
1 Department of Pediatrics, Maimonides Medical Center, Brooklyn, NY

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The objective of the study was to determine whether excessive consumption of fruit juice is a contributing factor in failure to thrive in early childhood. Eight patients, aged 14 to 27 months, referred for failure to thrive were evaluated.

The study found that:
(a)  In each case, deterioration of weight and growth progression coincided with excessive juice consumption.
(b) All children were underweight which ranged from 11% to 25%.
(c) Fruit juice, primarily apple juice, contributed 25% to 60% of daily energy intake.
(d) Dietary protein, fat, and micronutrient intakes were inadequate.

Smith concluded that excess fruit juice consumption may present a contributing factor in failure to thrive in infants.

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Recipe of the day

Egg and Capsicum Salad

2 boiled eggs, diced
2 bacon eyes, diced
1tbs oil
½ green capsicum, diced
¼ cup parsley, chopped
1tbs mayonnaise

Place oil and bacon in a frying pan on medium heat and cook until bacon has started to crisp. Remove excess oil and place bacon into a mixing bowl along with boiled eggs, capsicum, parsley and mayonnaise. Combine well.

To serve, place salad leaves on a plate and top with egg and capsicum mixture.