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Are smoothies good for me?

Smoothies are often marketed as a healthy treat, but as Dr Saleyha Ahsan reveals, we should all be a bit cautious of having too much of them.

Fruits are stacked full of sugar, and smoothies concentrate the sugar from a lot of fruit into one single serving. Most of them contain more sugar than Coca Cola – and it makes no difference that that sugar is ‘natural’ or not ‘added’- the sugar and acid from smoothies still causes tooth decay, and the sugar has many health consequences for us – affecting our risk of Type 2 Diabetes and obesity.

So despite the fact that smoothies contain plant compounds that are good for us, we should also be very aware of the amount of sugar that they contain as well and don’t think of them as entirely innocent.