Fruit juice is a modern addition to the infant's diet due to the development of technology for juice extraction and an adequate supply of fruit. It has been marketed as healthy, natural, and nutritious. As a result, parents (in trying to do what is best for their infants) have been feeding juices in increasing quantities. In 1992, $164 million was spent on bottled baby juice in the United States according to Information Resources, Inc, a marketing company that tracks the consumer industry. For the past several decades, pediatricians have recognized that excessive consumption of fruit juice has been associated with diarrhea, gassiness, stomachaches, and other abdominal complaints.
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