Packed to tempt health conscious people, we are convinced that drinks that burst with fruit or vegetables are better for us.
But healthy smoothies sold in the UK can contain the same amount of sugar as in nearly eight Krispy Kreme donuts.
A study by MailOnline has shown that some 750 ml bottles – often drunk during a day – contain almost 100 g of sugar.
For comparison: one of Krispy Kreme & # 39; s original glazed donut contains 12.6 g of sugar. While smoothies have health benefits from vitamins and fiber, experts have found the findings as & # 39; shocking & # 39; designated.
Manufacturers have stated that the sugar in smoothies occurs naturally and a 150 ml portion counts as one of your five-a-day.
Nutritionists, however, hit back and said people rarely take portion sizes into account and it is unhealthy to consume large amounts of sugar.
So-called healthy smoothies contain up to eight times the amount of sugar than a Krispy Kreme donut, with a maximum of 97.5 g of sugar in a 750 ml bottle (ASDA and innocent pomegranate magic)
Adults should not have more than 30 g of free sugars per day – approximately the same as seven sugar cubes.
In real terms, this means that adults can get three times their daily recommended amount of sugar by slurping a whole smoothie bottle.
Katharine Jenner, nutritionist at Action on Sugar, said: & # 39; These results are quite shocking when it comes to sugar content.
& # 39; Even if they have some added vegetables, such as spinach or kale, they are probably still rich in sugar. & # 39;
Free sugars, also known as added sugars, include those added to donuts, as well as yogurt, cereal, cookies, and carbonated drinks.
Although the sugar content in smoothies usually comes from fruit and vegetables, they count technically as free sugars.
This is because when fruits and vegetables are mixed, the natural sugars from the cell walls are released and & # 39; free sugars & # 39; to become.
Dr. Saul Konviser of the Dental Wellness Trust said: “Many people don't know how sugary this supposedly & # 39; are healthy & smoothies.
& # 39; There are no & # 39; good & # 39; sugars as such. & # 39;
MailOnline analyzed six 750 ml of smoothies that were sold in British supermarkets, including own brands and giants, including Innocent.
Smoothies are often branded to tempt the health conscious consumer. But their sugar content is considered by Action for Sugar as & # 39; shocking & # 39; labeled. Pictured, Naked Green Machine with 82.5 g in a 750 ml bottle
|Brand||smoothie||Sugars per 750 ml / 100 ml||Calories per 750 ml / 100 ml|
|Savse||Super blue smoothie||66 / 8.8||322.5 / 43|
|Waitrose||Pear, Kiwi, Kale & Fennel Smoothie||67.5 / 9||322.5 / 43|
|Tesco||Glorious green||72.75 / 9.7||375/50|
|Naked||Green Machine Apple Banana Smoothie||82.5 / 11||390/52|
|Innocent||Pomegranate||97.5 / 13||457.5 / 62.1|
|ASDA||Strawberry and Banana Smoothie||97.5 / 13||450/60|
HOW MANY SUGAR IS TOO MUCH?
The amount of sugar that a person must eat per day depends on how old he is.
Children from four to six years old must be limited to a maximum of 19 g per day.
Seven to 10 year olds may not have more than 24 g and children 11 years and older must have 30 g or less.
Popular snacks contain a surprising amount of sugar and even a single can of Coca Cola (35 g sugar) or a Mars bar (33 g) contains more than the maximum amount of sugar that a child should have a whole day.
A bowl of Frosties contains 24 g of sugar, which means that a 10-year-old who has Frosties for breakfast is likely to have reached his limit the day before they even leave the house.
Children who eat too much sugar run the risk of damaging their teeth, attracting fat and becoming overweight, and getting type 2 diabetes, which increases the risk of heart disease and cancer.
All products were sold as 750 ml. The smoothie with the lowest sugar content – Savse Super Blue Smoothie – contained 66 grams.
ASDA & # 39; s Strawberry and Banana Smoothie and Innocent Pomegranate contained 97.5 g, or 13 g per 100 ml.
For comparison: a can of Coca Cola contains 10.6 g of sugar per 100 ml, according to nutritional information on the drink giant's website.
Although donuts contain less sugar than the smoothies, they are not comparable in fat, calories or nutritional value.
A fruit smoothie contains vitamins, minerals and fiber, while a donut has virtually no health benefits.
Children from four to six years old should be limited to a maximum of 19 g per day, according to government guidelines.
Seven to 10 year olds may not have more than 24 g and children 11 years and older must have 30 g or less.
Smoothie brands told MailOnline that their products do not contain any added sugar and they recommend drinking 150 ml or less as a normal portion size – the same size recommended by the NHS.
However, experts say it is unlikely that a consumer will stop there.
ASDA & # 39; s Strawberry and banana smoothie was one of the worst offenders, with 97.5 g of sugar per 750 ml. Innocent pomegranate magic also contained a lot of sugars
HOW TO UNDERSTAND NUTRITIONAL INFORMATION ABOUT YOUR FOOD
The vast majority of packaged foods in the UK contain nutrition information that is printed on the label.
The most important things to look for are fat, saturated fat, salt (which can be called sodium), fiber, and sugar – which is often referred to as & # 39; of which sugars & # 39; under carbohydrates.
In general, foods with more fiber and less saturated fat, salt and sugar are healthier.
Some supermarkets also label nutritional value with a traffic light system, with more green indicating healthier food.
The NHS advice on what is high or low is as follows:
High: more than 17.5 g of fat per 100 g
Low: 3 g of fat or less per 100 g
The recommended daily amount of fat (RDA) for an adult is approximately 70 grams.
High: more than 5 g of saturated fat per 100 g
Low: 1.5 g saturated fat or less per 100 g
The RDA of an adult with saturated fat is approximately 20 grams.
Sugars (also known as which sugars)
High: more than 22.5 g of total sugars per 100 g
Low: 5 g total sugars or less per 100 g
The RDA of an adult sugar is around 90 grams.
Salt (also known as sodium)
High: more than 1.5 g of salt per 100 g (or 0.6 g of sodium)
Low: 0.3 g of salt or less per 100 g (or 0.1 g of sodium)
The RDA of an adult with salt is 6 grams or less.
Source: NHS choices
Kim Pearson, a qualified nutritionist in London, told MailOnline: "In reality, this is a very small portion and many of us consume much more.
& # 39; It is quite possible to consume a full bottle of 750 ml per day. Especially if you think you are drinking something healthy.
& # 39; Many of us do not spend much time reading labels and we are much more affected by the overall appearance of the product than by the details. & # 39;
She added: & # 39; The marketing of & # 39; green & # 39; and & # 39; berries & # 39; smoothies make us believe that they are healthy.
& # 39; But the truth is that consuming large amounts of sugar, either from natural or processed sources, is not good for our health. & # 39;
Action of Sugar requires mandatory labeling on the front of the package, clearly indicating the sugars of free sugars on all products.
The problem is that companies are only legally obliged to & # 39; total sugars & # 39; labeling, making it impossible for consumers to know how many of them are being added.
Aisling Pigott, a spokesperson for the British Dietitian Association, agreed that labels can be difficult to understand.
She said: & # 39; These smoothies are often served in large bottles, which aggravates the problem. A smoothie container can actually contain three or four portions.
& # 39; Drinking a smoothie or juice is less filling than eating the same volume of fruit or vegetables, making it easier to consume too much. & # 39;
Mrs. Pigott added: & # 39; This underlines the importance of knowledge of recommended portion sizes.
& # 39; There is nothing wrong with donuts or smoothies and both have advantages and disadvantages. The portion size and frequency used are crucial for health. & # 39;
It is known that consuming too much sugar increases the risk of obesity, which can increase the risk of type 2 diabetes and cancer, among other conditions.
Adults in the UK consume more than twice the recommended amount of sugar, according to Public Health England.
WHAT DO THE MANUFACTURERS SAY?
All supermarkets and brands mentioned in the article have been contacted by MailOnline for comments.
- Asda said: & # 39; Our customers would not be surprised to hear that the sugar content in our smoothies comes from natural fruit juices and purees. While everyone deserves a treat from time to time, our packaging is clearly labeled with a traffic light system and with the 150 ml national portion health advice so that our customers can make informed choices about what they buy. & # 39;
- Innocent said: & # 39; It is important to emphasize that we do not add sugar to our drinks – the only sugar present is naturally found in the fruit. Our smoothies are made from fruit and vegetables, with absolutely no added sugar, and come with many of the good things fruit and vegetables bring, such as fiber, vitamins and phytonutrients. They all count for one of your 5-a-days, making them an easy way for people to get more fruits and vegetables in their diet. With only one in three adults and one in ten teenagers receiving their 5-a-day, we think that's really important. Our recommended portion for smoothies is 250 ml because they are a mix of juice and ground fruit, giving you the vitamins, minerals and fiber that you get in whole fruit. & # 39;
- Naked Juice said: “We always provide complete nutritional information on the front of Naked smoothies, including the Eat Well recommended 150 ml portion size. Our smoothies do not contain any added sugar, only those that naturally occur in fruit. With only one in three adults receiving their 5-a-day, smoothies are a convenient way for people to enjoy fruits and vegetables more easily, while also receiving valuable vitamins and minerals along the way. We are launching a series of smoothies with less sugar this summer. & # 39;
- Tesco said: & # 39; All sugar in the Tesco Glorious Green smoothie comes naturally from the fruit it contains and there is no added sugar. We have a large assortment of low and no added sugar drinks and are proud to be the first retailer to reduce the sugar in all our soft drinks to below the level set for the UK government's sugar levy, more than a year before it came into effect. & # 39;
- Waitrose said: & # 39; All sugar in this product occurs naturally. & # 39;
- Savsé said: & # 39; At Savsé we take health extremely seriously and we do not compromise on ingredients, production process, taste or food, so that our consumers do not have to. Each drink is filled to the brim with 100 percent natural fruit and antioxidant-rich vegetables to ensure the tastiest, healthiest raw smoothies, without added sugars, colorings, supplements or water. The sugars in our smoothies come directly from the fruits and vegetables that we use to make them and are completely natural. Our 250 ml bottles contain on average only 8.1 g of natural sugar per 100 ml and with a maximum of 1 g of fiber, the sugar is absorbed into the body in a manageable and much slower way than the refined sugar found in a large number of snacks. . This prevents sugar spikes and also surplus sugar from being turned into fat because the body uses it for energy. The most important thing is that we never pasteurize our fruit and vegetables, but instead use a special high-pressure process (HPP) to store our drinks. HPP preserves the natural goodness of fruits and vegetables and creates drinks full of flavor that are as good for you as they are for yourself. This is clearly different from other methods, such as pasteurization, in which the fruit and vegetables are heated, thereby destroying the natural vitamins, nutrients and lively flavors. With up to 20 percent of our vegetable smoothie content, this means that you get real nutritional value from our smoothies – something that you would not get from a donut or other snacks. For example, donuts contain 27 g of refined (not natural) sugars and no nutritional value for the body. For reference, our 750 ml bottles are designed for family sharing and are not intended for individual consumption at one point. & # 39;
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