LAST_UPDATEWed, 20 Jun 2018 10am

'Healthy' Smoothies Found To Contain DOUBLE The Sugar Of A Bottle Of Coke

Shocking new research has found that far from being good for you, summer smoothies marketed as ‘98 per cent fat free’ actually contain more kilojoules than a Big Mac.

Leading health experts are warning Australians to steer clear of smoothies, frappes and shakes this summer, after the government-funded program LiveLighter found that many contained more kilojoules than fizzy drinks or fast food, and also had huge levels of sugar.

The LiveLighter survey revealed some disturbing findings. Half of the 40 drinks surveyed by the organisation (including three ‘healthy’ drinks) had more kilojoules than a McDonald’s Big Mac (2060kj)

Boost Juice Brekkie to Go-Go Super large smoothie had the most kilojoules of the 40 surveyed and was packed with 24 per cent more kilojoules than a Big Mac. While the seemingly healthy 98 per cent fat-free Mango Fruit Fruzie from Gloria Jeans had the most sugar – a massive 31 teaspoons.

The research also found that 24 drinks had at least 16 teaspoons of sugar more than regular soft drinks. A 600ml bottle of Coca-Cola also contains 1079 kilojoules.

Some shakes and iced-based frappes had up to 20.5g of saturated fat. This is almost twice as much as a Big Mac (10.7g saturated fat).

McDonald's Large Mocha Frappe had the highest amount of kilojoules, fat and saturated fat in total content.

The new revelations were shocking and LiveLighter Victoria Campaign Manager Alison Ginn confirmed that some drinks which appeared healthy contained more sugar than the average adult needs in a whole day.

"Food outlets use phrases like 97% ‘fat free’ or ‘dairy free’ to make their smoothies and frappes sound healthy, but with up to 31 teaspoons of sugar and as many kilojoules as a Big Mac, these drinks can actually do more harm than good," Ms Ginn said.

“The World Health Organisation (WHO) recommends that added sugars make up no more than 5% of people's daily energy intake, or six teaspoons per day, for the biggest health benefit.

"You would consume up to five times this amount from just one drink alone.

"Like with soft drinks and other sugary drinks, regular consumption of frappes and smoothies can contribute to weight gain and a build up of toxic fat around your organs, which increases the risk of type 2 diabetes, heart disease and some cancers."

Despite Australia being in the midst of a sweltering heatwave, Ms Ginn warned people to avoid falling for so-called ‘healthy’ drinks and opt for water instead.

-Daily Mail