Many people think they’re doing their body a favor when they order up a fruit smoothie, but researching are warning to be careful as the drink can be loaded with fructose sugar and lead to health problems.
"Smoothies and fruit juice are the new danger," said Barry Popkin, a professor of nutrition at the University of North Carolina, in a United Press International story.
Popkin, along with fellow researcher George Bray told The Guardian they were disturbed at the latest sales pitch from beverage manufacturers who portray fruity drinks as a way to meet the minimum daily guideline for fruit and vegetable consumption.
"Pulped-up smoothies do nothing good for us but do give us the same amount of sugar as four to six oranges or a large coke," said Popkin. "It is deceiving."
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According to The Inquisitr, The Guardian notes that Coca-Cola owns Innocent Smoothies in the UK and PepsiCo owns Tropicana. When Pepsi launched Tropicana Smoothies in 2008 the company claimed that “smoothies are one of the easiest ways to boost daily fruit intake as each 250ml portion contains the equivalent of 2 fruit portions.”
Popkin, however, notes that eating fruit and drinking a smoothie aren’t the same. The researcher argues that smoothies don’t fill people up the way a piece of fruit does so people end up eating just as much as they normal would in addition to the fruit smoothie.
Popkin and Bray, who publicly raised concerns about high-fructose corn syrup in soft drinks nearly a decade ago, suggested drinking more vegetable juices and eating an orange or an apple between meals.