Tuesday, 15 July 2008
Now here’s something shocking I heard the other day!
Smoothies are bad for you?
I thought that smoothies were meant to be good for you?
Are they not low in fat, packed with vitamins and full of fruity goodness! It is said that in Britain we spend over £100 million pounds on Smoothies a year now, although just lately it has been in the news that experts are calling a warning that they are also full of sugar, calories and acid. Most people think that a Smoothie is the equivalent to eating a whole piece of fruit but this is incorrect.
I was watching the F Word the other day and Janet Street Porter produced a report on how bad Smoothies were for you, in which she demonstrated with a fake BIG bottom! The gigantic arse weighed a huge 13 pounds, which is what the average person could put on if they drank an extra smoothie a day for a whole year! Now to me that’s quite scary although if we ate anything with sugars in wouldn’t this be the case. Now I have always been in two minds about Smoothies so this sparked my interest!
She was encouraging people to swap their Smoothies for a good old fashion apple. She actually compared Smoothies to fizzy drinks and chocolate which shockingly had less calories, my argument is again fizzy drinks contain added sugar and fat, where as Smoothies are natural sugars.
So how are smoothies bad again?
As Smoothies are juiced they lose the fibre from the skins, the juice therefore contains more sugar and is more acidic to the body and to your teeth. The worst part of a smoothie is that whole milk, full fat cream and yogurt elements that are added to a smoothie in some cases.
Of course ‘Innocent Smoothies’ where not happy with Janets statement and came back with “Smoothies are made from nothing but 100%”fruit”, on their innocent drinks blog I also like how they describe Ramsey as ”knocking up a vegetable curry.”
Now personally I am a big fan of Ramsey and I think he has a point here, however not sure if it had been blown out of proportion by Janet as the argument had a few floors.
There is a big debate going on and I see both sides to the story.
Advantages of a smoothie
One of your five a day fruit portions
Healthier than fizzy drinks or junk food
Natural Sugar is better for you
Easy and quick to consume
Too much sugar
Lots of Calories
Acid values are high
I suggest if you like Smoothies then make your own! You know what goes in it and you can do it in a way that keeps all the goodness in. Instead of juicing, use a blender this allows the nutritious skins to be kept in the Smoothies, use ice and limit the yogurt to low fat or fat free versions or as Janet says grab an apple instead!
What do you think about it I would love for you to leave your comments... vote Janet? Or Vote Smoothie?