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Up to 20 pieces of sugar in a smoothie
Smoothies are trendy. They are considered a particularly healthy drink, which enables an alternative intake of the daily fruit dose. However, a current test by the Lower Austria Chamber of Labor (AKNÖ) has shown which sugar bombs many smoothies actually represent. The trend drinks contained up to 20 pieces of sugar cubes, according to AKNÖ.
As part of the test, 22 products were examined, whereby in addition to smoothies, fruit and vegetable juices were also taken into account for the comparison of the sugar content. Thirteen products were packaged goods, nine other products were freshly prepared. For most packaged products, the sugar content could be determined using the specified nutritional table; the testers sent the smoothies to the laboratory for sugar determination without the relevant information.
Fast food chain smoothies with a lot of sugar
According to the AKNÖ results, "the open smoothies of the fast food chains Burger King and McDonalds" have the highest sugar content. Almost 16.1 grams per 100 milliliters are contained here, which corresponds to around 20 pieces of sugar cubes. Surprisingly, even vegetable smoothies are not a guarantee of a lower sugar value. For example, the green smoothie from the manufacturer Merkur still contained twelve pieces of sugar cubes, although it was mixed from cabbage, cucumber, pre-salad and spinach.
Without added sugar and yet sugar bombs
In general, consumers should keep in mind that smoothies have a high fruit content in sugar and are therefore not suitable as thirst quenchers. Even if no sugar is added, the trend drinks often form real sugar bombs. For example, the innocent smoothie "Kiwi, Apple & Lime" contained 10 grams of sugar per 100 milliliters. At the Ravenhorst “Smoothie Heidelbeer-Banana + Acai”, the testers came up with a sugar content of the equivalent of nine pieces of sugar. For example, the innocent smoothie "Kiwi, Apple & Lime" contained a third less, which, according to AKNÖ, together with the Spar Enjoy "Orange-Mango Smoothie" had the lowest sugar content of the packaged smoothies tested.
Check the contents of the smoothies
In view of the current test results, Manfred Neubauer, consumer expert at AKNÖ, emphasizes that smoothies - even if no sugar is added - contain large amounts of sugar and only saturate them for a short time. "The healthiest and cheapest is still seasonal fruit and vegetables," continued Neubauer. Consumers could also not rely on the fact that the quantities of fruit and vegetables advertised are most often contained in the respective products. The proportion of advertised varieties is often relatively low. A look at the list of ingredients could help here.
Smoothies are not recommended as a permanent replacement for fruits and vegetables
According to AKNÖ, smoothies could occasionally replace a serving of fruit or vegetables a day, but this is not recommended in the long term. Not least because almost only peeled fruit is used in the production of smoothies, which means that numerous important ingredients such as fiber or secondary plant substances are largely lost.
Additional clarification (10/20/2015):
“Our test showed that no refined sugar was added to all smoothies tested, the amounts given are only to be interpreted as comparative values! The AKNÖ regret the fact that this has created a misleading impression of the ingredients. ”