While in the produce department of my local supermarket this morning, I noticed a prominent display of “Smoothie Mixes”, pouches with very attractive photographs of fruit, and on the front were the words “quick and easy to prepare, our Smoothie Mixes are an easy way to add fresh fruit to your diet”. Anyone who knows me knows I’m pretty suspicious of packets so I picked one up and read the label.
I’m wondering how this is even allowed!! I took photos of the directions, and the ingredients and “nutrition” facts. So just to get this straight, you’ll need this pouch, a banana, milk and ice. The mix contains sugar, corn syrup solids, natural and artificial flavors and xanthan gum. There’s nothing nutritious in the mix, in fact, there’s nothing but sugars, a thickener, and whatever those flavors might be.
The entire packet contains 45 grams of sugar!! That’s 10 more grams than a can of Coca Cola, or about 1/4 cup of sugar, and nearly twice the recommended daily limit of sugar consumption.
So how does purchasing that smoothie mix pouch provide an easy way to add fresh fruit to your diet? You buy the pouch of sugar, and then you buy a banana, and dump all that sugar onto the banana. Here’s a crazy idea: eat the fresh fruit in all it’s pure good natural state! Think about it! Make a smoothie out of fruits and vegetables (bananas, berries, carrots, and spinach are good choices) some ice, non-fat Greek yogurt and enjoy it.
I just want to encourage everyone to read what’s in the convenience and processed food products that we’re buying. And then go buy the real food!