Sunday, April 14, 2013

Smoothies: Sip or Skip

As the weather is getting warmer, cold drinks are becoming more and more enticing, but with that desire to quench our thirst, we often forget about the loads of calories and sugar that can be hidden in those cold refreshing drinks. A Spring and Summer favorite of many seems to be the smoothie which is seemingly healthy since it's full of lots of fruit, right?


Smoothies, while delicious, are often packed with as much, if not more, sugar than soda. Yes, it is natural sugar from fruit, but excessive quantities, nonetheless. I met up with a friend for juice/smoothies the other day (juice for me, smoothie for him) and after looking at the nutritionals after, it turns out his smoothie had over 50 grams of sugar... that's more than an entire chocolate bar... maybe even more than two or three.

So when it comes to smoothies, I generally say skip it. You don't realize how much fruit goes into a single smoothie. One large peach smoothie may have as much as three peaches in it, in addition to whatever else goes into it, and I don't know about you, but I can't imagine eating three peaches at once! Pin It

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