TOP 10: WORST SMOOTHIES FOR WEIGHT LOSS

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You are someone who chose to finally release your weight for good. However for the rest of the crowd that chose to gain it back through weight loss, we explore the top ten smoothies that’s marketed towards the health craze but the contents they have might be telling a different story. Let’s check them out and share your thoughts after.

10 Smoothies Worse Than a Big Mac

By David Zinczenko

Many of the most readily available smoothies in America also contain the most calories. Stear clear the 10 below if weight loss is among your chief health goals.

“Nothing to eat for me,” my friend Elise said last week. “I’m on a cleanse. I’ll just get a smoothie.” We were driving to a meeting and the closest quick bite was at Mickey D’s. She ordered the healthy-sounding Blueberry Pomegranate Smoothie—the large. I ordered the Big Mac, a guilty pleasure.

“I haven’t had much success with my cleanse,” Elise continued. “I’m not losing weight and am exhausted. I guess I’m just not getting enough calories.”

“You’re getting plenty,” I said. “Problem is, you’re not getting the right kind!” Then I offered her a bite of my burger. (If only she try this nutritional cleansing system she’d be having better luck.)

When it comes to weight loss, calories aren’t everything. A balanced diet means a solid mix of protein, fats, and carbohydrates—and a Big Mac is relatively balanced: 25 grams of protein, 28 grams of fat, and 9 grams of sugar for 540 calories. But look at the “healthy” smoothie she ordered: At 340 calories, it had 70 grams of sugar—the equivalent of more than 17 sugar packets—and very little fat or protein.

Even the healthiest smoothies at major chains contain a worrisome amount of sugar. Starbucks, for example, offers one of the healthiest options, but their offerings contain 41 grams of sugar. Most of that sugar comes from real fruit, but be aware: The World Health Organization recommends that we eat no more than 25 grams per day for optimal health, while The USDA recommends that we eat no more than 50 grams.

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10. DAIRY QUEEN TRIPLEBERRY PREMIUM FRUIT SMOOTHIE

24 oz: 470 calories, 113 g carbs, 103 g sugar, 2 g fiber, 7 g protein

Sugar equivalent: 25.75 packets

Sure, this smoothie has fewer calories than a Big Mac, but as we told you before, calories aren’t everything. Somehow the ice cream Queen managed to swell this smoothie with 103 grams of sugar, making it one of the sweetest sips on this list. And since there’s hardly any protein or sugar to counteract the effects, you bound to suffer a major crash soon after you finish slurping. Ask for the Strawberry Banana Julius instead to slash 40 grams of the sweet stuff from your order. Curious how all of your other favorite DQ treats stack up? Check out our special report Every Dairy Queen Blizzard—Ranked!!

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10. DAIRY QUEEN TRIPLEBERRY PREMIUM FRUIT SMOOTHIE

24 oz: 470 calories, 113 g carbs, 103 g sugar, 2 g fiber, 7 g protein

Sugar equivalent: 25.75 packets

Sure, this smoothie has fewer calories than a Big Mac, but as we told you before, calories aren’t everything. Somehow the ice cream Queen managed to swell this smoothie with 103 grams of sugar, making it one of the sweetest sips on this list. And since there’s hardly any protein or sugar to counteract the effects, you bound to suffer a major crash soon after you finish slurping. Ask for the Strawberry Banana Julius instead to slash 40 grams of the sweet stuff from your order. Curious how all of your other favorite DQ treats stack up? Check out our special report Every Dairy Queen Blizzard—Ranked!!

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9. JAMBA JUICE ORANGE DREAM MACHINE

28 oz: 590 calories, 128 g carbs, 120 g sugar, 1 g fiber, 12 g protein

Sugar equivalent: 30 packets

Perhaps the “dream” in the name is induced by the sugar crash you have shortly after riding this Machine. Built on a base of orange juice, orange sherbet, and nonfat frozen yogurt, this smoothie is a calamitous collision of sugars. The somewhat similar, but very different, Orange Carrot Karma cuts the calories and sugars significantly, and adds 4 grams of fiber, by swapping carrots into the mix. Speaking of veggies, throw some greens into your smoothie, using one from our new Eat This, Not That! special report: 10 Delicious Greens Healthier Than Kale.

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8. RED MANGO HONEY BADGER FAT BURNER

24 oz: 590 calories, 125 g carbs, 102 g sugar, 5 g fiber, 17 g protein

Sugar equivalent: 25.5 packets

“Fat burner”? We’re assuming the task of fat-burning will be left up to you after you down the sugar equivalent of 14 Fudgsicles. While Red Mango has some of the most drinkable smoothies in the restaurant world, this catastrophe falls, oddly, on their “Body Balance” menu. Whose body are they trying to balance against, Andre the Giant’s? Curious what other “healthy” noms will expand your waistline? We’ve got you covered in our report, 14 “Health” Foods Worse Than a Donut.

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7. BASKIN ROBBINS MANGO BANANA SMOOTHIE

24 oz: 620 calories, 149 g carbs, 127 g sugar, 5 g fiber, 8 g protein

Sugar equivalent: 32 packets

The second ingredient in this healthy sounding sip is sugar, which explains why it contains more of the sweet stuff than five York Peppermint Patties. (Various forms of sugar are also listed as the ninth and tenth most used ingredients in this drink. ) While we typically like to make swap suggestions that are similar in size, in this case, we couldn’t swing it. The healthiest smoothie at Baskin Robbins contained over 100 grams of sugar in a 24-ounce serving. Get the Strawberry Banana Smoothie and size down to the 12-ounce cup to keep your love handles from tripling in size.

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6. RED MANGO THE BANANA PB PROTEIN

24 oz: 630 calories, 91 g carbs, 69 g sugar, 6 g fiber, 26 g protein

Sugar equivalent: 17.25 packets

Aside from the fro-yo, this smoothie sounds like it would be pretty healthy, as it calls for things like banana, peanut butter, flax seeds, granola, and protein powder to round out its flavor profile. But don’t get it twisted; this drink is a prime example of a fraud. A mere half-cup of Red Mango’s frozen yogurt has 19 grams of sugar, and far more than that goes into this drink. Not to mention, granola is one of the most sugary add-ins in smoothie land. By ordering the strawberry-banana option instead, you’re cutting the calorie count in half and getting more naturally occurring sugars in your drink, and less of the added kind, making it the better pick.

Try This Protein Powder Instead: IsaPro Whey Protein

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5. PLANET SMOOTHIE IPANEMA BEACH

22 oz: 660 calories, 72 g carbs, 49 g sugar, 8 g fiber, 13 g protein

Sugar equivalent: 12.25

Get this: Planet Smoothie actually has a “meal-replacement” menu, and this 660-calorie sip isn’t on there. Last we checked no one should be downing that many calories as a snack. If you’re looking for a drink to tide you over, the vacation-inspired piña colada banana smoothie is by far the better choice—and speaking of snacking smart, be sure to stock up on some of these delicious high protein snacks.

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