Why are smoothies worse for us than just eating raw fruit?

Smoothies are hugely popular as a healthy, calorie-conscious snack that fills you up without fattening you up. But not all smoothies are created equal. The worst include ingredients like full-fat ice cream, peanut butter and chocolate, and pack over 1,000 calories – more than an entire fast-food meal. The best smoothies contain a serving of whole fruit (frozen berries, banana or even avocado, etc), low-fat dairy protein (milk, yoghurt, or non-dairy alternatives like soy or almond milk), and a natural sweetener like honey or agave nectar, which has a low glycaemic index (GI). Raw fruit is the ideal snack for a quick burst of natural energy and some extra fibre. But if you want to stave off hunger for several hours, it’s best to make your own healthy smoothie from scratch at home.

Answered by Dave Roos.