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Are McDonald’s Real Fruit Smoothies really made out of real fruit?
The Short answer: Yes
The Long and more complicated answer:
Even though fruit is in the ingredient list-sugar is, too. The smoothies are made by adding ice and low fat yogurt to a fruit blend. McDonald’s sells two different kinds of smoothies: Wild Berry and Strawberry Banana. Here’s the ingredient list for each fruit blend:
Strawberry Banana Fruit Blend
Strawberry puree, banana puree, water, sugar, 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.
Wild Berry Fruit Blend
Strawberry puree, water, sugar, blackberry puree, blueberry puree, concentrated pineapple juice, concentrated apple juice, contains less than 1% of the following: Cellulose powder, xanthan gum, colored with fruit and vegetable juice, natural (botanical source) and artificial flavors, pectin, citric acid.
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.
The FDA requires the ingredient list to be written from greatest to least. This means that Strawberry Puree is the most added of the ingredients, and citric acid is the least (for the wild berry smoothie). With this rule in mind, Sugar is the 3rd ingredient on the Wild Berry Smoothie’s list. That means that a large portion of the smoothie is made of plain ol’ sugar.
Also, 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 a lot of sugar left. On top of this, the low fat yogurt uses 2 more sugar ingredients: sugar and fructose. The sugar, concentrated juice, and fructose makes the smoothie one sugar-high drink. Look at the stats for proof:
Strawberry Banana-Small (12 oz.)
Calories: 210, Fat: .5 g, Sodium: 35 mg, Carbohydrates: 49 g, Sugar: 44 g, Fiber: 2 g, Protein: 2 g
Wild Berry-Small (12 0z.)
Calories: 210, Fat: .5 g, Sodium: 30 mg, Carbohydrates: 48 g, Sugar: 44 g, Fiber: 3 g, Protein: 2 g
But, if you should choose to order the large smoothie, the sugar content jumps up to 70 grams!
These smoothies contain a lot of sugar in them! If you were to drink one of these, expect your blood sugar levels to spike! Compare this 12 oz. smoothie to 12 oz. of mountain dew: mountain dew tops the smoothies’ sugar levels by a mere 2 grams! (46g grams in 12 oz. mountain dew)
In conclusion, why buy a small smoothie at McDonald’s for $2.29 when you can just as easily make one at home for cheaper? At home, you can also control what you put into the smoothie, making it healthier and yummier!
~I love making smoothies all the time! They are quick and easy to bring. Just throw the ingredients in a blender, and take it to go in a cup! I make mine by putting frozen fruit (or fresh) in the blender, fill it with juice, water, milk substitute, and add other miscellaneous items like spices, extracts, or protein powder
- PiNa Colada: coconut milk, pineapple, banana
- Chocolate-Dipped Strawberry
- Strawberry Mango
- Chocolate Peanut Butter: cocoa powder (or chocolate protein powder), milk, peanut butter, banana
- All the fruit in your pantry smoothie: and add milk and juice!
- Peachy: peaches, papaya, mango, orange juice
- Orange julius: orange juice, ice, milk
- Chai smoothie: banana, milk, cinnamon, chilled chai tea
The possibilities are endless!
Thought-provoking, mind-prodding question of the day:
What is your favorite Smoothie? Do you make them at home, or but them somewhere? Do you drink them almost everyday (like me in the summer)?
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