Are Fruit Smoothies Healthy?

Leave a reply »

I just love it when you think you’re doing your body good then some journalist decides to ruin it all for you. The other evening I was watching a show called The One Show which raised the question of fruit smoothies being good for you.

Acid Test

You may already know that when you drop a dirty coin into some cola that it’ll come out clean. Well, they decided to carry out the same test with cola, fruit smoothie, coffee and water. When the coins came out of the cola and smoothie they were clean however the coins that were placed in the coffee and water were still dirty.

What this proves is that cola and fruit smoothies are acidic which can, over time, cause erosion of tooth enamel, so be very careful of those Beverly Hills porcelain veneers. To prevent this happening you should drink through a straw so that the liquid goes straight down your throat. Alternatively you can eat cheese because when acid levels in the mouth were tested, the acidity dropped to normal.

Sugar

They said that in a glass of fruit smoothie there’s 8 teaspoons of sugar. This is what I’m not too sure about. I’ve always believed that fruit is healthy for you and that sugar from fruit is different from refined cane sugar. Even if it does have high amount of sugar you do also get fibre, vitamins and minerals.

Lazy

It seems a lot of people are drinking pre-made smoothies from a carton because they can’t be bothered to eat raw fruit and vegetables. I wouldn’t suggest people do this, if you prefer to drink your daily amount of fruit and veg instead of preparing it yourself, then you’d be better off buying vegetable juice like V8.

I drink smoothies from time to time if I fancy something sweet and filling. I will continue to do so too however to me it’s more of a treat. The key is moderation. Ultimately fruit smoothies have got to be healthier than Sunny D. Surely?

If you are keen to make your own smoothies, then getting yourself a recipe book such as The Big Book of Juices and Smoothies.

Advertisement

19 comments

  1. John Hunter says:

    I like fruit smoothies. Like you, I see them as a treat. I image they are a better treat than soda but still on the healthy to treat continuum I would guess they are closer to treat. I would be happy to be shown to be wrong – then I can start having more of them :-)

  2. Alexei says:

    I stand guilty as charged. I’m one of those lazy fruit smoothie drinkers!

  3. April says:

    I have to admit I like to take the easy option too. My excuse it that my house is a building site and debris keeps falling down into the kitchen. I can’t possible make my own smoothies in those conditions! ;)

  4. I would say it depends on the type of fruits that are used. Some fruits are more acidic than others.

    Simply brushing your teeth after drinking a smoothie is an effective way to remove sugars and acid from your teeth.

    I drink smoothies almost every day and have for the past five years. I get regular dental appointments, and my teeth are very healthy according to my dentist. :-)

    I also eat a high amount of raw foods daily in fact, days go by without me eating cooked food. My fruit smoothies are usually combined with some type of vegetable like greens which are alkaline. Fruit smoothies or fruit puddings are usually my first meal of the day.

  5. Maca Review says:

    I would say if you’re going to have fruit smoothies then make sure you make them yourself from fresh ingredients. The ones you buy in shops often have been processed and filtered containing a higher percentage of sugar and a lower percentage of fiber than natural fruits.

  6. Ed says:

    Great item!
    Be careful with the fresh produce you juice with. Make sure you wash it well! Especially if you’re not sure where and how it was growm!

    Grace and Peace,
    Ed

  7. I love fruit smoothies but am too lazy to make them myself. I like to see them as a treat which also isn’t that bad for me.

  8. Lisa Surles says:

    I started fasting and praying 4days now and I am using fruit and vegetable smoothies to replace my meals and water regularly. I am also a diabetic and I was not using straws. Thank you for your information on the mouth/teeth. I will sure brush my teeth more often now that I am educated on Fruit Smoothie. I am not going to stop making them because I get all my fibre and i have lots more energy. Before I felt tired and lazy. Now I can go a mile and more and I hungar has lessoned.
    Lisa

  9. Janine White says:

    Most commercial smoothies are designed as much to taste good to the average buyer as to be good for you. After trying Weight Watchers Smoothies, but not liking the artificial ingredients, I started making my own. Check out my smoothie recipe at http://jiwhite.blogspot.com/2008/07/natural-diet-smoothies.html

  10. Bass-O says:

    Ha… Yes they are healthy for you but they have to be made with fresh ingredients. If you are using juice, try to find non-pasturized (Dewlands, if possible). Add Hemp Seed nut and ground cinnamon for a better experience. I’ve been a daily maker and smoothie freak for years and also made them fresh when I had a restaurant. It’s also important to wash your fruits.

  11. Jenni says:

    I don’t understand why a fruit smoothie you make yourself at home would be any better or worse than eating the fruit in its whole state. I just use all fruit and ice, so why would that have a higher sugar content than whole fruit? I have to agree with Bass-O, here. If you’re making it with whole, washed fruits, it’s just as healthy.

    I’d like to see stuff to back up otherwise, because it’d be really interesting to understand why.

  12. Jen says:

    I make smoothies after I go for a long walk on hot summer days like today. I just toss some frozen organic berries (strawberries, raspberries, blueberries and raspberries-plus whatever fruit I have that looks like it won’t keep for another day) and vanilla soymilk in the blender and voila! Delicious, healthy and COLD meal.

  13. Jezzy says:

    Is there something different about blended fruit that makes it less beneficial? I just use fruit and water in my smoothies, so there’s not really any added anything. And I do use a straw, but I’ll be more careful about it from now on.

  14. Melanie says:

    I just started making smoothies to get all my healthy stuff. Here is what I put in mine: spinach leaves, frozen mixed berries, Greek yogurt, ice and calcium fortified orange juice. Yum!

  15. Celene says:

    i use all-natural plain yogurt, frozen fruits, soy milk, and bananas…sometimes I throw in a carrot or celery or whatever other veges I have. :3 my mom bought me a blender two months ago, and now i make smoothies almost every day — thank you so much mom!!! :D :D :D
    Smoothies are awesome, although I find this article misleading: Smoothies are most likely MORE healthy for you than whole fruit because they are easier for the body to process. Also, making a smoothie is far more work than simply eating fruits and vegetables in their original form — Thus, you are incorrect.

  16. mark says:

    r smoothies ok 4 diabetics?

  17. Annette says:

    I’m a nturopathic nutritionist and I see smoothies as the way to get essential nutrients into the bodies of myself and my clients. My smoothies contain 200ml low-fat soy or rice milk, 2 tsp flaxseed oil, 2 tsp odourless fish oil (citrus/berry flavour), 1 tsp chia seeds, 2 tsp Acai berry powder, 1 scoop any low carb whey protein powder, 1 tblsp low fat yoghurt,1/2 cup frozen berries. This is an extremely nutritious protein packed, omega 3 enriched, probiotic and antioxidant rich powerhouse breakfast. If there is xylitol in your whey protein powder it is also beneficial for your teeth.

  18. I take smoothies once a day. I’ve read an article someday that says “One smoothies a day, takes a doctor away” I enjoy having smoothies during the afternoon.

  19. Alexis says:

    I’m a freshman in high school and I drink a 16 oz. smoothie everday for lunch only. Is that good for me?