What’s healthier: a can of Coca-Cola or a Mango Magic from Boost? I know what you’re thinking – smoothies taste great, make you feel great and are full of valuable vitamins. But could they be doing more harm than good?
While big smoothie companies like Australia’s Boost Juice and the US’s Jamba Juice want you to believe their product will ‘Blend in the Good’, they could be making you sicker, fatter and moodier.
Here’s a breakdown of sugar content in each drink in 600ml portion sizes, side by side:
Drink A: 258 calories, zero fat content, 63.6g of sugar.
Drink B: 426 calories, 9.6g of fat, 75.6g of sugar.
One drink boasts no fat content, 12g less sugar and 168 less calories. The other is a Boost Juice. That’s right, Drink A is Coca-Cola, Drink B is Boost Juice! That’s over 18 teaspoons of sugar in a single drink. A ‘healthy’ drink.
In March 2015, the World Health Organisation announced new dietary guidelines, recommending that adults limit their sugar intake to 25g daily to reap significant health benefits. While this amount can fluctuate slightly depending on your wait, no drink containing triple this recommended amount could call itself healthy.
We’re not saying fruit isn’t healthy. Eating a couple of pieces a day provides natural fibre and vitamins essential for a healthy body. Just make sure that next time you’re craving a banana, peel it and eat it piece by piece, not in a sugar-rush inducing smoothie. You might be better off blending Sprite and Broccoli.