Mar 17, 2016

The new Eatwell Guide – why smoothies may not be as ‘healthy’ as you think

Smoothies have been positioned as a ‘healthy drinks option’ for years now and some people believe they are a substitute – an easy alternative – for eating fruit and vegetables.

But Public Health England (PHE) has issued new guidance drawing attention to the high sugar content of smoothies and saying 150 ml of fruit juice is only the equivalent of one a day, not five a day.

PHE says we should consume 30 g of fibre a day or five portions of fruit and vegetables, two whole-wheat biscuits, two slices of wholemeal bread and one large baked potato – with the skin on!

The new Eatwell Guide calls on us all to eat more fruit and fibre together with starchy carbohydrates, and tells us to have less sugary foods and drinks.

The guide says that adults should be drinking six to eight glasses of fluids every day – ideally water, lower-fat milks and unsweetened tea or coffee.

PHE says that many adults have twice the sugar intake as recommended and children have three times too much.

A healthy, balanced diet high in fibre, and low in sugar, fat and salt, can be particularly important for those facing illness or recovering from illness.


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