People opt for smoothies and milkshakes thinking that they are healthier than fried foods at popular outlets. But a new survey revealed that store-bought smoothies have more sugar than a bottle of carbonated drink.
A survey from government-funded health program LiveLighter analyzed 40 cold drink in popular outlets in Australia. It found that smoothies and frappés from Boost Juice, Gloria Jeans and McDonald's were some of the worst offenders.
‘Healthy smoothies, frappes, milkshakes hiding more kilojoules of sugar than a Big Mac.’
Boost Juice's 'Brekkie to Go-Go Super smoothie' contains 2560kj, 500kj more than a Big Mac (2060kj) and 18 teaspoons of sugar. The 'Protein Supreme' smoothie from Boost's Black Label range contains 2360kj and 12 teaspoons of sugar.
The Gloria Jeans 'Mango Fruzie', marketed as '98 percent fat-free'contains 31 teaspoons of sugar and 2150kj. Also McDonald's Large Bananaberry Bash smoothie labeled '99 percent fat-free'contains 17 teaspoons of sugar.
"Food outlets use phrases like 97% 'fat free' or 'dairy free' to make their smoothies and frappés sound healthy, but with up to 31 teaspoons of sugar and as many kilojoules as a Big Mac, these drinks can actually do more harm than good," LiveLighter's Alison Ginn said.
"Like with soft drinks and other sugary drinks, regular consumption of frappés and smoothies can contribute to weight gain and a build up of toxic fat around your organs, which increases the risk of type 2 diabetes, heart disease and some cancers," she added.
She advised people to choose the smallest size drink with skim milk or share with a friend to reduce the calorie consumption.