Juice may be a staple drink of childhood, but it’s not the healthiest option. Juice delivers a jolt of natural sugar, since it lacks the fiber in whole fruit, which helps the sugar get absorbed more slowly. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends limiting juice for children (to 6 to 8 ounces a day for children up to the age of 6 and to 8 to 12 ounces for children ages 7 and older). Be particularly wary of fruit juice cocktail, which usually gets its sugar from added sugars, rather than from fruit juice. Children who drink too many sugar-sweetened beverages are at a higher risk of diabetes and obesity later on.