If you’re on the path to losing weight, striving to live a healthier lifestyle then imagine the following scenario. You’re faced with one of two options for your afternoon treat; a candy bar or a smoothie. It’s a no brainer, right? The smoothie is the far better option for shrinking the waistline, and in turn, lowering your risk of heart disease.
New research published in BMJ Open confirms what scientists and many healthcare professionals have believed for some time: the sugar content in fruit juices, drinks and smoothies are “unacceptably high.” What’s even more disturbing about the findings is that the article is entitled “How much sugar is hidden in drinks marketed to children?”
Researchers at the University of Liverpool and the University of London analysed the sugar content per 100ml in over 203 supposedly healthy beverages. All were taken from the seven top supermarket chains in the UK and all were aimed squarely at children. The average sugar content across all types was 7g/1.5 teaspoons, and was significantly greater in purer smoothies. Over 40% of the products had 19g of sugars.
For a little perspective, here’s the American Heart Association‘s daily sugar intake recommendations:
- Adult women – 5 teaspoons / 20g
- Adult men – 9 teaspoons / 36g
- Children – 3 teaspoons / 12g
The high quantities of sugar within smoothies and fruit juices undermine their status as a ‘health food.’ Certainly, there are benefits, as they carry vitamins and minerals, but the problem here is the quantity of sugar ingested at the same time. Cracking open of those 19g-sugar-smoothies is like chugging down half a can of Coke.
What’s the solution? The study recommends that “fruit should be consumed in its whole form, not as juice… In order to help combat the growing problem of childhood obesity, manufacturers need to stop adding unnecessary sugars.”
The AHA states that 1 in 3 children in the USA are obese.
Click here to read current research on how glucose affects the heart.
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