Group Says Children Under One Year Old Should Not Be Given Fruit Juice

The New York Times (5/22, Saint Louis, Subscription Publication) “Well” blog reports that the American Academy of Pediatrics is “advising parents to stop giving fruit juice to children in the first year of life, saying the drink is not as healthful as many parents think.” The AAP has “toughened its stance against juice, recommending that the drink be banned entirely from a baby’s diet during the first year.” Meanwhile, the new report, published online in Pediatrics, also “advised restricting fruit juice to four ounces daily for 1- to 3-year-olds, and six ounces a day for 4- to 6-year-olds.”

        The NPR (5/22, Hobson) “Shots” blog reports Steven Abrams, an author of the guidelines, says, “We want to reinforce that the most recent evidence supports that fruit juice should be a limited part of the diet of children.”


Recipe for Fudge Pecan Ripple Layer Cake

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Recipe for Fudge Pecan Ripple Layer Cake

A sweet cream cheese layer bakes atop these fudgy cake layers: then when you assemble, frost, and serve the cake, the cream cheese appears as swirly ripples in each slice.


½ cup shortening                    1 ½ cups sugar

2 large eggs                            1 2/3 cups all-purpose flour

2/3 cup cocoa                         1 ½ teaspoon baking soda

½ teaspoon salt                       1 ½ cups buttermilk

1 tablespoon plus 1 teaspoon vanilla extract, divided

1 (8-ounce) package cream cheese softened


2 Tablespoons butter or margarine, softened

1 1/3 cups cocoa

1 tablespoon cornstarch

1 cup plus 2 tablespoons milk

1 (14-ounce) can sweetened condensed milk

1 large egg

2/3 cup butter, softened

¾ cup chopped pecans or walnuts, toasted

5 ¾ cups sifted powdered sugar


GREASE 2 (9-inch) round cake pans; line with wax paper. Grease and flour wax paper. Set aside.

BEAT shortening at medium speed with an electric mixer until fluffy; gradually add 1 ½ cups sugar, beating well. Add 2 eggs, 1 at a time, beating until blended after each addition.

COMBINE flour and next 3 ingredients; add to shortening mixture alternate with buttermilk, beginning and ending with flour mixture. Mix at low speed after each addition until blended. Beat 3 more minutes at high speed, stopping once to scrape down sides. Stir in 1 teaspoon vanilla. Spoon cream cheese mixture evenly over batter

BAKE at 350 degrees for 40 minutes or until a wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool in pans on wire racks 10 minutes; remove from pans, and cool completely on wire racks.

BEAT 2/3 cup butter at medium speed until creamy. Combine powdered sugar and 1 1/3 cups cocoa; add to butter alternately with 1 cup plus 2 tablespoons mile, beginning and ending with powdered sugar mixture. Beat until spreading consistency. Stir in remaining 1 teaspoon vanilla. Spread frosting between layers and on top and sides of cake. Sprinkle with toasted nuts. Yield: 1 (2-layer) cake

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Nutrition experts raise concerns about energy drinks

Nutrition experts say energy drinks may contain a potentially dangerous mix of caffeine, sugars, vitamins and other stimulants in concentrations higher than seen naturally in foods and plants. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends children should not consume energy drinks, and registered dietitian Katherine Zeratsky says healthy adults should limit themselves to one per day.
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