I Blame Jamba Juice, And Mcdonalds Essays

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I blame Jamba Juice. And McDonalds. And any other fast-food chain restaurant that offers treacly sweet smoothies touting them as a healthy alternative to coffee and sodas. The truth is, these smoothies offer not much in the way of a healthy drink and a lot in the way of unnecessary fructose.
Let’s take a look at exactly what’s in a McDonald’s ‘real’ fruit smoothie:
Strawberry Banana Fruit Blend
Strawberry puree, banana puree, water, sugar, concentrated apple juice, contains less than 1% of the following: Cellulose powder, natural (botanical source) and artificial flavors, xanthan gum, citric acid, colored with fruit and vegetable juice, pectin.
They also add ice and low-fat yogurt for good measure. Does it taste good? Indeed. But so do hot fudge sundaes and those aren’t very good for you either.
The Whole Point of Making a Smoothie
Do the smoothies you make at home resemble McDonald’s? Are you convincing yourself that they’re healthy because, besides the pineapple, mango, orange juice and banana you put in there, you also threw in 4 kale leaves? I mean, “Kale is a healthy, green veggie” you tell yourself as you suck your sweet snack through a large pink straw.
The truth is, if you want to actually benefit from drinking smoothies, they need to be green and not a tropical peachy/orange color. The ingredients of a green smoothie should resemble a salad more than a fancy $7 Jamba Juice.
Why is this?
Because there is overwhelming evidence that consuming large amounts of…

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