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Do Mcdonald's Real Fruit smoothies have added sugar?


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Or is it just sugar from fruit? Here are the ingredients:

Mango Pineapple Fruit Base
Water, clarified demineralized pineapple juice concentrate, mango puree concentrate, pineapple juice concentrate, orange juice concentrate, pineapple puree, passion fruit juice, apple juice concentrate, natural (botanical source) and artificial flavors, contains less than 1% of the following: peach puree, cellulose powder, peach juice concentrate, pear juice concentrate, xanthan gum, pectin, citric acid, colored with fruit and vegetable juice and turmeric extract, ascorbic acid (preservative).

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Ice


Low Fat Yogurt

Cultured Grade A reduced fat milk, sugar, whey protein concentrate, fructose, corn starch, gelatin. Contains active yogurt cultures.
 

 


Are any of these ingredients sugar in disguise? I'm having a hard time telling.

 

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Original Post by skittlesandsunshine:

Or is it just sugar from fruit? Here are the ingredients:

Mango Pineapple Fruit Base
Water, clarified demineralized pineapple juice concentrate, mango puree concentrate, pineapple juice concentrate, orange juice concentrate, pineapple puree, passion fruit juice, apple juice concentrate, natural (botanical source) and artificial flavors, contains less than 1% of the following: peach puree, cellulose powder, peach juice concentrate, pear juice concentrate, xanthan gum, pectin, citric acid, colored with fruit and vegetable juice and turmeric extract, ascorbic acid (preservative).

Ice

Ice


Low Fat Yogurt

Cultured Grade A reduced fat milk, sugar, whey protein concentrate, fructose, corn starch, gelatin. Contains active yogurt cultures.
 

Are any of these ingredients sugar in disguise? I'm having a hard time telling.

Low Fat Yogurt
Cultured Grade A reduced fat milk, sugar, whey protein concentrate, fructose, corn starch, gelatin. Contains active yogurt cultures.

Right there, in bold print.  There isn't naturally any "sugar" or fructose in yogurt, and they're not going to list lactose as a separate ingredient because it's an integral part of the milk from which the yogurt is made.

all those "concentrates", I wouldn't trust. Can you actually taste "apple" ? No, it's probably undistinguishable from the other fruits. So it's not in there for flavour, it only adds a cheap sweetness. Sugar comes from concentrated sugar beets/cane, so how is this different, essentially? Just tellin it how it is..

She was asking if there were sugar added in addition to the fruit juice [concentrates].  She already knew about the juice.

I don't think apple concentrate is any worse than any of the other fruit concentrates in there.  Yes, it adds sweetness (and it may affect the taste; I've never tried one of these things), but so do the others.  Better fruit concentrates than artificial flavors or chemical sweeteners, no? 

The thing is--it's a commercial smoothie.  They'll do what they have to to make it taste like something people will buy.  Most people won't buy a sour smoothie, which is what you can easily get with pineapple, mango, and yogurt.  I'd much rather they sweeten it with what is essentially boiled-down apple juice than with something even more processed.

 

haha wow I feel really stupid now. I didn't even bother to read through the yogurt ingredients because I was thinking the sugar would be hidden in the fruit base, if anywhere. But leave it to Mickey-D's to sneak sugar into the yogurt. Anyways thanks Ootek!

@ootek yeah you're right, I was kinda shocked actually (thought there would be more preservatives)

Honestly, along with the sugar, I'd also worry about:

*natural (botanical source) and artificial flavors

*citric acid

*corn starch

*gelatin

Unless you know what each of those are made of, how they are made, etc, they are best avoided. For example... The citric acid in processed foods is usually NOT the citric acid you find in a piece of fruit! It tends to be made from mold, and isn't exactly good for people with mold allergies or sensitivity to yeast, acidic foods, etc.

Why not get a mango, a pineapple, some ice and some plain yogurt, and make your own smoothie? If possible? It's cheaper in the long run, more delicious and less toxic to your body.

Definitely agree with you there dahoma. To be honest, the Mcdonald's smoothies don't even sound that appealing to me, my curiosity was just sparked by the misleading "all-fruit smoothie" sign that I saw in the front of the restaurant. 

"all fruit" they say? What about the yogurt? -.-

ha honestly though. Maybe I should sue.

Honestly I wouldn't even trust McDonalds' water! (just exagerating here :) )

But really I own a restaurant and I sell "real fruit" smoothies that are loaded with sugars and all sorts of crap.  The way I order it is from a company that sends it to me in the form of fruit puree in a bottle.  Please don't expect a place like McDonalds to cut fresh fruit and make ur smoothie. 

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