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.