I love a good smoothie but I will always make mine at home. Why? Because I like to know what is going in them. While we are on the subject of healthy fast food, let’s take a look at Boost Juice. All of this information is taken directly from the Boost Juice website.
Boost Juice states on their website that they do not add any artificial ingredients or sugar to their ‘freshly squeezed juices’. Great! But what about ‘Smoothies’?
Most of Boost smoothies contain the ‘TD4 Yoghurt’. As an example, I have listed the ingredients of the TD4 Strawberry Yoghurt below. Notice the lack of strawberries?
TD4 Strawberry Yoghurt Ingredients: Water, yoghurt (18%), (milk, vegetable gums (440,406), cultures, sucrose, milk solids, cream, food acid (270), emulsifier (471), strawberry flavour (nature identical), vegetable gums (412, 415, 410, 407a), fructose, natural colour (120).
Other smoothies contain sorbet: Water, Sucrose, Glucose (wheat), Dextrose, Vegetable Gums (412, 415) and Emulsifier (471).
To translate for everyone at home: anything usually ending in ‘ose’ is added sugar. So sucrose, glucose, fructose and dextrose are listed examples. The numbers or codes listed above represent artificial ingredients. And ‘strawberry flavour (nature identical)’? If it isn’t the real thing than what is it?
This brings me to my final point (yes boost juice rant almost over). Sugar makes us fat. They say that 4.2g of sugar represents 1 teaspoon of sugar and for comparison purposes, a can of coke contains 39g of sugar or just over 9 teaspoons. If you were to do the math (Boost Juice list their Nutritional Information in 100ml measurements), an original size ‘low fat smoothie’ blueberry blast contains the equivalent to 20 teaspoons of sugar. Yikes! ‘Mango Magic’ contains over 17 teaspoons of sugar. Eeeeek! And that’s just a snack?
If you’re struggling to lose weight, battling with fatigue or any other health issues, it’s so important to understand the foods you consuming. To help avoid these nasties, you can easily whip up one of my smoothies listed here:
You will skip the preservatives not to mention the added sugar, maintain the nutritional fibre and your body will thank you for it 🙂