Fruit juices and smoothies can have an astoundingly high sugar content.
New research, published in the online journal BMJ Open, labels the sugar content of fruit drinks, natural juices and smoothies, in particular, as “unacceptably high.”
According to Yale Health, the average American consumes around 22 tsps. of added sugar every day; for teens, the figure is closer to 34. One 12-oz can of soda contains 10 tsps. of sugar.
The American Heart Association (AHA) recommend no more than 3-4 tsps of sugar a day for children, and 5 tsps. for teens. In the UK, guidelines recommend a maximum of 19 g, or just under 4 tsps. for children aged 4-6 years, and 24 g at age 7-10 years, or just under 5 tsps., according to the UK’s National Health Service (NHS).
As mindfulness spreads about the impact of sweetened drinks on weight gain and tooth decay, many people are revolving to fruit juices and smoothies as strong replacements to sodas, iced tea and other favourites.