Here in London (maybe the rest of the UK as well) we have this brand of ready made smoothie which you can buy in a small bottle or a larger carton.
Usually fruit juice and smoothies are not really seen as a good idea because of the larger sugar hit you get from them than would otherwise be the case if you ate fruit whole
Here are the ingredients in a typical bottle:
1/2 apple 1/2 banana 5 grapes 1/2 strawberry 1/2 blackberry 4 boysenberries 1/4 Orange 1/2 blackcurrant A squeeze of lime No additives or preservatives.
At the moment I only drink one every once in a while (maybe once a week) or if I have a carton at home I'll take a few gulps every day for 4 - 5 days.
How much would you need to drink in order to be getting too much fructose. 1 per day?
Now according to their site they fly this stuff in from all over the world... so the carbon footprint is probably high as well.
Innocent Smoothies are delicious. But, as you indicate, you are getting a lot of fructose in one hit. They are pure fruit and a bit of orange juice, so at least it's 'real food' - but I definitely wouldn't have them (or certainly not very often) if I was trying to lose weight.
If not trying to lose weight, keep as an occasional treat. Better to buy that list of fruits and eat them as they are, rather than drink the liquidised version.
Yeah, I used to get those are the airport a lot when I lived in Europe. I was a smoothie junkie for a time and I didn't get fat, but my teeth were worse off. From what I've read the rate of fructose absorption determines how much fructose is stored in the liver. Smoothies obviously absorb much faster than eating fruit.
If you like smoothies a better choice would be to make your own out of currants or other low-sugar berries.
Hello. My name Dan and I work at innocent. Have done for years. Just wanted to make it clear that the fructose you get in our smoothies is the same as you'd get from eating the equivalent amount of fruit. Nothing gets added and nothing gets taken away. And we never air freight ingredients. That would be dumb.
What is 'too much fructose' varies from person to person. An athlete might want more than a sedentary person with metabolic syndrome. Overall, I don't see a prob with occasional indulgence but I am suspicious of processed foods. The labeling laws often allow all kinds of preservatives as long as they aren't 'added' by the manufacturer of the final product. For instance, were there preservatives in the banana that was added by the original source if the banana puree? Banana quickly turns brown and kinda gross looking if it is not preserved with something. I don't think you can have a natural smoothie with banana sitting on the shelf for a long time and have it still have a nice color to it after many days. Also, stuff that is juiced, heated, processed, preserved, etc will often no longer have its pulp, nutrients, etc, intact. That is why I make my own smoothies and add coconut milk for more fat. I add my own homegrown fruits and drink it fresh. If you have a hankering for a smoothie, making your own is the best way. I've even noticed a huge difference in quality of taste even just from using fresh fruits instead of frozen. However, if the problem is you are hungry at the airport and options are minimal, the smoothie thing is probably a lot better than most other options. If you don't have a blood sugar/insulin control problem, once in a while is not going to be a big deal.