Whether ready on the supermarket shelf or fresh in a café or restaurant. The colorful mixed drinks are not only trendy, but can now also be found on every corner. But how do you recognize a good smoothie given the abundance of products on the market?
A food law definition of which drinks may and may not be called smoothies does not yet exist. In principle, all ingredients that are permitted under existing food law may be used. Many smoothie manufacturers use sugar and artificial additives to extend the shelf life or use juice concentrates instead of fresh fruit and vegetables. Many smoothies quickly become small calorie bombs.
This is how you recognize a good smoothie
The German Nutrition Society has set up five criteria in a statement by which you can tell whether you are doing something good for yourself or should rather keep your hands off the smoothie.
- high proportion of "whole" fruit and vegetables (at least 50 percent)
- no added sugar
- no additives
- no addition of isolated nutrients (such as synthetic vitamins)
- not concentrated by removing water
In general, you should pay attention to a smoothie that is as natural as possible. Freshly prepared smoothies made from fresh or shock-frozen fruit and vegetables are richer in vitamins and nutrients than their finished counterparts. A high proportion of vegetables also makes the smoothie lower in calories and sugar. With smoothies in organic quality you ensure that you do not consume any undesirable pollutants or additives. So you can access it without hesitation.