Wednesday, September 15, 2010
McDonald's Real Fruit Smoothie - Real or Not?
Strawberry Banana Smoothie
Strawberry puree, banana puree, sugar, water, concentrated apple juice, contains less than 1% of the following: Cellulose powder, natural (botanical source) and artificial flavors, xanthan gum, citric acid, colored with fruit and vegetable juice, pectin.
Low Fat Yogurt (Added to both smoothies)
Cultured Grade A reduced fat milk, sugar, whey protein concentrate, fructose, corn starch, kosher gelatin. Contains active yogurt cultures.
Calories: 210, Fat: .5 g, Sodium: 35 mg, Carbohydrates: 49 g, Sugar: 44 g, Fiber: 2 g, Protein: 2 g
Sugar is the 3rd ingredient on the Smoothie’s list. That means that a large portion of the smoothie is made of sugar. These smoothies are made with real fruit but they contain a lot of sugar in them. About as much as a mountain dew soda. If you were to drink one of these, expect your blood sugar levels to sky rocket!
McDonald’s adds concentrated apple and pineapple juice to the smoothies. Juice concentrate is made by taking away the water from the juice, leaving the flavor and all the sugar. The low fat yogurt uses more sugar ingredients: sugar and fructose. So in all the Mickey D's smoothie is made from real fruit but it also is made up of alot of suger. I think I'll just continue to make my own at home with my Shakeology.