17 December 2012
Fruit smoothies, which are considered to be extremely healthy drinks, have been found to have extremely high levels of sugars.
A new study from Which? has discovered that smoothies contain a lot of calories, making them surprisingly unhealthy.
In tests of over 52 smoothies from leading brands and supermarkets, 24 of them were found to have 30g or more of sugar per 250ml. This is the equivalent of six teaspoons of sugar.
But that wasn't the worst of it. All of them contained more calories per 100ml than a bottle of Coca-Cola, while four out five of them contained more sugar than a 250ml bottle of the famous fizzy drink.
"It’s clear from our research that smoothies might not be as healthy as many people think," commented Richard Lloyd, executive director of Which?.
"Smoothies are a good source of fruit and provide valuable vitamins and minerals, but they can contain high levels of sugar and calories so should be consumed as part of a balanced diet."
Posted by Edward Bartel
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