Fruit Juices and Smoothies? Might As Well Drink A Soda

You airing into your adjacency bazaar and wish something algid to drink. The health-conscious you bypasses the soda area and active to the convalescent abstract section. There are rows of them — orange, apple, grape — oh, and look, so abounding altered smoothies loaded with blueberries, pomegranate, strawberries, protein, acai, pineapple, kiwi, and none of them accept any added sugar. Perfect.

Stop appropriate there! You ability as able-bodied aback up to the soda area and grab a acceptable ‘ole cola.

Why? Because bake-apple juices and a lot of bartering bake-apple abstract smoothies are no bigger for you than a can of soda. Yep, you heard correctly. They are in actuality loaded with sugar. In fact, they accept as abundant amoroso and, in abounding cases added sugar, than an according confined of soda.

Still abrading your arch over this one? A 16-ounce confined cola has a ample 13 1/2 teaspoons of sugar. Angel abstract and orange abstract accept about the aforementioned amount. Grape abstract has 20 teaspoons of sugar. A all-inclusive majority of the accepted “healthy” Naked and Odwalla Bake-apple Smoothies accept about 15 teaspoons of sugar.

Stop and anticipate about this. Imagine affairs a cup of coffee, dispatch to the account counter, and ripping accessible amid 13 and 19 packets of amoroso to cascade into your coffee. If you saw anyone do this you would be disgusted. And yet, that’s absolutely what you do every time you ability for a bake-apple abstract beverage.

The bake-apple smoothies are appropriately bad. On boilerplate you’re arresting 15 teaspoons of amoroso with anniversary 16-ounce bottle. The business of these beverages, however, makes you accept that they are in actuality acceptable for you. The characterization of the Naked Amethyst Acai Smoothie appearance an analogy that shows absolutely how abundant bake-apple is in anniversary bottle: 1 2/3 pomegranates, 95 Acai berries, 1 1/3 apples, 1/2 banana, 14 red grapes and 14 white grapes. All of this bake-apple at the bulk of about 16 teaspoons of sugar.

Here’s my question: What would appear if you in actuality sat down and ate 1 2/3 pomegranates, 95 Acai berries, 1 1/3 apples, 1/2 banana, 14 red grapes and 14 white grapes? It would absolutely yield a lot best to absorb all that bake-apple than it would to alcohol the smoothie, which would abate the amoroso “spike”. You would aswell feel full. That’s a heck of a lot of bake-apple to eat in one sitting.

From a comestible standpoint juices aswell lose. As Robert Lustig, M.D., columnist of Fat Chance: The Bitter Truth about Sugar, explains, the better botheration with juices is that they are bare of fiber. Cilia reduces amoroso absorption, authoritative you feel fuller faster and it suppresses insulin. The Amethyst Acai smoothie, for instance, has ZERO grams of cilia against a whopping 45 grams of cilia in the absolute accomplished fruit. Whoa! Make a behemothic bake-apple salad.

Fruit after cilia sets off a amoroso bomb in your body.

In fact, the concentrated amoroso in juice, bare of all fiber, makes claret amoroso levels and the agnate insulin acknowledgment soar. According to Lustig, if the cilia is removed the attraction of the amoroso changes. In a accomplished bake-apple the amoroso is sucrose, which is 1/2 glucose and 1/2 fructose. However, already afar the amoroso becomes 100% fructose, which is metabolized ONLY in the liver. Instead of accouterment energy, it generates fat, and becomes insulin-resistant.

What does this mean? There’s a host of medical issues, as declared in Happy Healthy Long Life, a medical librarian’s adventures in evidence-based living, associated with arresting fructose (yes, juice!), including obesity, alarmist disfunction, hypertension, top cholesterol, insulin resistance, systemic inflammation, added appetite, abiding fatigue, and amoroso cravings. Just a brace of months ago advisers at the Harvard School of Public Health, as appear in the Harvard Gazette, begin that greater burning of bake-apple juices was associated with a college accident of type-2 diabetes.

Think about what this agency for the millions of accouchement in this country that alcohol juices boxes and glasses of abstract throughout the day. From claimed acquaintance I can acquaint you that bake-apple juices are expounded as a benign another to soda and milk. The bulk of amoroso accouchement are bubbler is alarming and conceivably the basal contributor to the acceleration of blubber in this country.

In the Early Childhood Longitudinal Study, for instance, as appear by Science Circadian beforehand this year, the approved burning of bathetic drinks — authentic as one or added 8-ounce servings circadian — was associated with college physique accumulation basis array in 4 and 5-year olds. An 8-ounce serving? That’s alone one-half of the archetypal Tropicana orange abstract container! Further, the abstraction aswell begin that “5-year olds who consistently had bathetic drinks were added acceptable to be obese, and 2-year-olds who consistently drank sugar-sweetened beverages had beyond access in BMI over the afterward two years than 2-year-olds who had bathetic drinks infrequently or not at all.”

Oh, I know, but they are all accustomed and abounding of vitamins. Yes, they are natural, and some accept vitamins. However, abounding of the juices that accommodated the recommended circadian allowance of accurate vitamins, ADD the vitamins to the juice. For instance, the comestible console of Naked’s accepted Mighty Mango Smoothie touts affair 100% of the RDA of vitamin A, about it is added as Beta Carotene. The aforementioned abstract alone provides 10% of the RDA of vitamin C. If you ate the absolute accomplished bake-apple listed on the label, however, you would absorb 156% of the RDA of vitamin C.

There absolutely is no altercation for bubbler bake-apple juice. Taste? Convenience? Not account the havoc. In fact, the damage far outweighs any positives. Some of my favorites? I about consistently ability for water, because affairs are I’m in actuality thirsty. But, if I wish something with acidity I opt for 100% vegetable juices (although I tend to beacon abroad from added bathetic allotment and beet juices), absinthian teas, and sparkling baptize with a bit of bake-apple additive (check the label!). And, by the way, all the electrolyte backup drinks and vitamin waters? A lot of of them accommodate even MORE amoroso than soda or bake-apple juice. Analysis your labels carefully.

So, next time you airing into the bend bazaar to aces up something to drink, don’t be bamboozled by the appealing packaging and the business attraction of a “natural, vitamin-ladden” bake-apple juice. Airing on by the abstract area and opt for something that does your physique good.


Happy Healthy Long Life: A Medical Librarian’s Adventures in Evidence-Based Living. Dr. Robert H Lustig and the Bitter Truth About Amoroso — It’s the Driving Force Behind Type-2 Diabetes, Hypertension, Small Dense LDL Cholesterol and the List Goes On. What’s the Cure? March 3, 2011.

Lustig, Robert, M.D. Fat Chance: The Bitter Truth About Sugar. Hudson Street Press. January 2013.

Obesity Added Acceptable in Preschoolers Bubbler Sugar-Sweetened Beverages. Science Daily. Aug. 5, 2013.

Roeder, Amy. Skip the juice, go for accomplished fruit. Harvard Gazette. August 29, 2013.