Via The Independent:
“Britons are spending more than £100m a year on smoothies. But now health experts are warning that the smoothies revolution has gone too far. Some of the fruit-packed drinks are also packed with sugar, calories and acids, while most people wrongly believe that every smoothie is just as good as eating a fresh apple or unpeeling a ripe banana. That, said Dr Frankie Phillips, from the British Dietetic Association, is not the case. “Juicing involves the removal of fibre and this removes some of the nutrients that would be found in a whole fruit or vegetable,” said Dr Phillips. “There is likely to be a more concentrated level of sugars naturally present in the fruit, and if a juice is sipped over a long period of time, the fruit juice, which is quite acidic, can damage dental enamel. In addition, some smoothies are very high in calories, with added whole-milk yoghurt, and even peanut butter and chocolate.”
Oddly, this story comes with only one (oblique) reference to “the children.”
Sip the whole thing here.