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did you know smoothies are bad for you?


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It was on tv program last night, if you drink one smoothie a day and dont burn it off then you will gain 13 pounds in a year. The reason is that fruit contains sugar, its natural sugar, but its still sugar. If you eat one piece of fruit then your full aren't you? but mixing 3-4 pieces of fruit together means your having more sugar, and you feel the same as if you eat 1 piece of fruit.

They did a comparison on this program. 1 smoothy is the equivalent in sugar of 1 can (330ml) of a fizzy drink like pepsi.

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If you eat too many apples you can gain 13 pounds a year. The reason is not because of the sugar, it's due to the calories. Besdies, smoothies can be EXTREMELY healthy for you. It all depends on what you put in it. Personally, I use all fruit and some yogurt. I think that show was a bit extremist.

The key is: If you don't burn it off. My husband and I both drink strawberry protein smoothies right weight lifting. Something to look forward to after sweating like crazy. I only drink a half portion cause I am trying to lose weight..he is not.

IMO, if you eat or drink anything and don't take into consideration the amount of calories, not sugar but calories, it has in it you'll gain weight. This sounds like it was geared toward someone who drinks a smoothie thinking that it is low cal or something without taking the ingredients into consideration.

When I make a smoothie, I take the ingredients and log them in seperately on my log so I know exactly what I'm getting in my smoothie.

And, correct me if I'm wrong, but a calorie is a calorie. Whether it comes from fruits, veggies, french fries or butter. Sooo, overindulgence in any of those things can cause weight gain. Some calories come from healthier sources, but in the long run, isn't a calorie is a calorie is a calorie????

you all missed the point this has nothing to do with calories its sugar. An apple has 45 calories and it has about 8g of sugar. Thats ok, but having a smoothy which contain more than one piece of fruit, will have more sugar. it might have 118 calories, but it could have more sugar than a chocolate bar. which is about 20 - 30 grams

 

That's true, im_a_cc, but that doesn't make it bad for you. It's still PACKED with nutrients - WAY more than a chocolate bar. The mixture of fruit provides a greater range of vitamins and minerals as well.

nobody missed the point, im_a_cc.  any calories that you don't burn off will make you gain weight; whether they come in a smoothie or a hamburger is irrelevant.

Original Post by im_a_cc:

you all missed the point this has nothing to do with calories its sugar. An apple has 45 calories and it has about 8g of sugar. Thats ok, but having a smoothy which contain more than one piece of fruit, will have more sugar. it might have 118 calories, but it could have more sugar than a chocolate bar. which is about 20 - 30 grams

 

 Calories in calories out, honey. Plain and simple.

haha nothing about calories, and sugar is bad, sugar gets converted into fat. there's sugar in fruit the more you have in a juice the worse the drink becomes. oh and adding yogurt despite how 'low fat' it maybe is pointless too, you could eat the fruit and it would be better. better also if you spread it out through the day. The vitamins you get from the fruit will be better used as a 'top up' than all in one go. maybe saying unhealthy is a bit strong, perhaps unbenficial would be more suited

Ehh I've had smoothies since I started losing weight and I've lost 50+ lbs, and kept it off for about a year.

So, obviously I don't agree =P

I've also seen doctors on TV say it's perfectly healthy to only eat apples every day for 3-4 days to clear up your skin, and other ridiculous things.  You can't believe everything you hear.
Original Post by im_a_cc:

sugar gets converted into fat.

 no it doesn't.  excess calories are stored as fat.

Oh, my dear, you're a wee bit misinformed. Sugar is only converted into fat when your glycogen stores are full and you're inactive.   Protein and fat can also be converted into body fat.

Smoothies have a lot of calories yes... but that doesn't make them 'Bad for you' - it just means that you mustn't think you're having a 'low-calorie' treat or 'being good' when you have one. It's easy to fool yourself about your calorie intake if you don't pay attention to what you're putting in your mouth, but that goes for ANY food - if you ate enough broccoli and carrots every day, you could gain weight on that too, it's just that it would take an awful lot of them.

Original Post by kajikit:

Smoothies have a lot of calories yes... but that doesn't make them 'Bad for you' - it just means that you mustn't think you're having a 'low-calorie' treat or 'being good' when you have one. It's easy to fool yourself about your calorie intake if you don't pay attention to what you're putting in your mouth, but that goes for ANY food - if you ate enough broccoli and carrots every day, you could gain weight on that too, it's just that it would take an awful lot of them.

 she doesnt seem to understand the concept. We all understand what you are saying (OP) we just are all disregarding your statement to point out that sugar, protein, fat, will not make you fat. The amount will, meaning calories, meaning the more calories you eat the more likely you are to gain weight.

I think a reason why some people may prefer a smoothie to eating the actual fruit, is the convenience.  People get busy with school, work, etc. and dont always have time to eat that many times a day or just want something quick.  Ive heard people talk about meal replacement bars and how they would much rather just have a whole meal, but its not always possible if you're busy, so smoothies, meal bars, etc are more convenient for these people. Hope that makes a little sense, haha.
Original Post by wistfulxthinking:

Oh, my dear, you're a wee bit misinformed. Sugar is only converted into fat when your glycogen stores are full and you're inactive.   Protein and fat can also be converted into body fat.

I know that I just didnt want to be technical.  and dont know if you lot are talking about your own smoothies but im talking about store brought ones.

"That, said Dr Frankie Phillips, from the British Dietetic Association, is not the case. "Juicing involves the removal of fibre and this removes some of the nutrients that would be found in a whole fruit or vegetable," said Dr Phillips. "There is likely to be a more concentrated level of sugars naturally present in the fruit, and if a juice is sipped over a long period of time, the fruit juice, which is quite acidic, can damage dental enamel. In addition, some smoothies are very high in calories, with added whole-milk yoghurt, and even peanut butter and chocolate."

http://www.iol.co.za/index.php?set_id=1&c lick_id=117&art_id=iol1151829784232S532

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Smoothies are different than juice, and peanut butter is not bad for you.  Even chocolate, if it is pure dark chocolate, has anti-oxidants, and if you don't want to eat milk, than don't put it in the smoothie.  If you put a banana and some strawberries in the blender, and puree them, and then pour the resulting mixture into a cup, you haven't removed any fiber, everything is just in a different texture.

Juicing and blending are two totally different things.  Juicing can loose some nutrients but with blending you are still keeping the whole fruit.  And yes the sugar in fruit can be bad for you if you eat a ridiculous amount of fruit.  I have a smoothie everyday and I am far from overweight. 

And peanut butter is good for you as long as you don't buy something crappy like Jiff.  Those have tons of added sugar and salt. 

im_a_cc, you didn't say that you were only talking about store-bought smoothies (and there is variety in them too).  You just said smoothies and some comments about how more than "one piece of fruit" is somehow fattening. 

I use a whole serving of fruit in my smoothies (one cup), plus yoghurt.  It's basically half of a liquid meal or one good snack.  Plain yoghurt has protein and other nutrients, fruit has vitamins and fiber and carbs. 

Maybe the "tv show" was describing a specific store or brand.  We don't know because you didn't say so.  The tv says lots of silly things and I'd rather read about nutrition then go by hearsay, which essentially is what your post is. 

I don't know why anyone would compare a smoothie to a Pepsi anyhow. 
Pepsi has no nutrition other than carbs (if you need them).  Smoothies can have all sorts of stuff, depending on how they're made. 

Original Post by im_a_cc:

you all missed the point this has nothing to do with calories its sugar. An apple has 45 calories and it has about 8g of sugar. Thats ok, but having a smoothy which contain more than one piece of fruit, will have more sugar. it might have 118 calories, but it could have more sugar than a chocolate bar. which is about 20 - 30 grams

It doesn't matter how many calories come from sugars, even though a balanced diet is adviced, you can have ALL your calories in sugars, but if you keep under your caloric limit, you'll be fine (you might become diabetic, but you'll lose weight). A Calorie IS a Calorie. It's an energy unit, so if you eat 1200 Cal and of those, 118Cal come from a smoothie, and you burn around 1500Cal a day, then that smoothie was irrelevant, inexistent even: you BURNED it off. It's simple Physics and Math. I always advice people to read a Biochemistry book before believing what they hear. ANYTHING can be broadcasted on TV, ANYTHING can be printed on paper.

Original Post by im_a_cc:

haha nothing about calories, and sugar is bad, sugar gets converted into fat. there's sugar in fruit the more you have in a juice the worse the drink becomes. oh and adding yogurt despite how 'low fat' it maybe is pointless too, you could eat the fruit and it would be better. better also if you spread it out through the day. The vitamins you get from the fruit will be better used as a 'top up' than all in one go. maybe saying unhealthy is a bit strong, perhaps unbenficial would be more suited

Also, EXCESS sugar is converted into fat, EXCESS protein is converted into fat too. That is all.

Original Post by im_a_cc:

Original Post by wistfulxthinking:

Oh, my dear, you're a wee bit misinformed. Sugar is only converted into fat when your glycogen stores are full and you're inactive.   Protein and fat can also be converted into body fat.

I know that I just didnt want to be technical.  and dont know if you lot are talking about your own smoothies but im talking about store brought ones.

"That, said Dr Frankie Phillips, from the British Dietetic Association, is not the case. "Juicing involves the removal of fibre and this removes some of the nutrients that would be found in a whole fruit or vegetable," said Dr Phillips. "There is likely to be a more concentrated level of sugars naturally present in the fruit, and if a juice is sipped over a long period of time, the fruit juice, which is quite acidic, can damage dental enamel. In addition, some smoothies are very high in calories, with added whole-milk yoghurt, and even peanut butter and chocolate."

http://www.iol.co.za/index.php?set_id=1&c lick_id=117&art_id=iol1151829784232S532

Obviously here the doctor is bringing up the added whole-milk yogurt, peanut butter and chocolate as the causes for smoothies' high caloric value. I think most of us know those are quite fattening. Also, I notice you bring up the damage smoothies can cause on enamel and their lack of nutritional value. With all of this evidence, I can't help but wonder -as I imagine many people in the forum are- why do you carry such a strong anti-smoothie agenda?

I think that it's all moderation- if you have bought smoothies every day then they really aren't good for you. It really depends whats put in them (honey- milk, bananas...) and how much you drink of it...

And if you are talking about store bought smoothies then I agree as far as to say- yes they aren't as beneficial for you as you might think...
but

you can make your own and these are like sunshine in a glass to me:-)

But I love  bend some fruit and make a smoothie...

Blend together some berries with a bit of plain non-fat yoghurt and you have yourself a very healthy dessert.... add some wheatgerm and a bit of fresh pressed orange juice... and you have a great snack!...  the possibilities are endless!

 

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