Fruit smoothies have several servings of fruit, but new research indicates, that this does not make them healthier. Scientists are concerned, about the amount of natural and high fructose corn syrup in fruit smoothies.
They point out that if you eat two oranges you will fill full. If however you drink a smoothie, It may have the juice of 5 or 6 fruits. This will not fill you, and you will be hungry later, and consume additional calories.
The study suggests, that if you are going to drink juice, it should be vegetable rather than fruit juice.
It is always best to obtain your nutrition from natural foods, but everyone is going to eat healthy as they should. I believe an occasional fruit smoothie is not a problem. My wife complained that when she drank smoothies she was still hungry, and found she still ate her regular amount of calories. This caused her to regain 10 lbs of the weight she lost.
There is also concern for Type II Diabetics, who need to keep their blood sugar levels within acceptable ranges. Drinking a lot off smoothies could possibly raise glucose levels, even though they are made with fruit. I drink tomato and V8 juice. Each has only about 8 grams of sugar. Even so I know I miss out on the fiber of whole veggies. I am trying to incorporate them into my diet now.
There really is no substitute for eating well. We cannot obtain the nutrients we need by simply drinking a loaded smoothie. Common sense, an ounce of prevention, and talking to a dietitian, or your health care provider will help keep you focused, when the next fad comes along.
Green veggie smoothies made at home, are considered the best. If you purchase a commercial smoothie, please read the ingredients, so you will know the sugar content, as well as other nutrients.