Does fruit contain bad sugar?
Fruit contains natural sugar called fructose. An orange contains around 9 grams of sugar per 100 grams and banana 14 grams. Berries usually a bit less, like raspberries that contain 4 grams of sugar per 100 grams.
Fruit is packed with vitamins, minerals and fibres. For example, 100 grams of oranges contain 66 percent of the recommended daily intake (RDI) of vitamin C, bananas contain 20 percent of the RDI of potassium and raspberries 23 percent of foliate. For these fruits, including raspberries, fibre content lies within a span of 1.7 to 3.7 grams per 100 grams of fruit. Fruit contains generally no sodium and no saturated fat.
I don’t each much fruit but I am not sick or feeling weak.
It is possible to get all essential nutrients from other sources than fruit. However, eating a variation of foods from different food groups, including fruit, will make it easier for you to reach the recommended daily intake of certain vitamins and minerals.
Feeling sick or weak as a result of nutrient shortage usually occur after getting too little nutrients during a longer period so not feeling sick at the moment may not be a guarantee that you get enough nutrients. Fruit has a high nutrient and fibre content, low content of sodium and saturated fat. Fruit is an excellent substitute for less healthy foods like lollies, cookies, crackers and ice cream.
Why is fructose different to processed sugar?
Fructose, as all other forms of sugars, may be consumed both in a processed form and in an un-processed form.
Many sweet foods and drinks are sweetened with high-fructose corn syrup, a highly processed source of fructose. Consuming fructose, or other sugars, in a processed manner like this may result in very high and concentrated intakes of sugar and calories but very little micronutrients and fibres. If you instead consume naturally occurring fructose from fruit, the sugar intake will be much less concentrated and be accompanied by micronutrients and fibre. Yes, there are advantages of eating your fruit unprocessed regarding for example heat sensitive nutrients like vitamin C and B-vitamins.
However, the content of fibre, minerals and heat resistant vitamins (like vitamin e) is not affected substantially by pasteurization. if you want to vary your fruit consumption and be able to buy a smoothie in a store, pasteurization is rather an advantage.
When fruit is mixed, like juices and the fruits in Vitalicious smoothies, substances that destroy for example vitamin c are released. If the smoothie or juice is not consumed on the spot, the vitamin c content will degrade. If the smoothie is heat treated, these substances are inactivated, and the vitamin c degrading action stops. (In addition, the heat destroys bacteria that otherwise may grow and make the smoothie bad after storage. so in short, the heat treatment is a means to preserve the smoothies without using any
I have heard that smoothies contains as much sugar as a can of coca-cola, is that true?
Vitalicious smoothies contain 9 to 13 grams of sugar, which is comparable to the 10 grams of sugar in coca-cola. There is a big difference. All of the sugar in coca-cola is added refined sugar. In contrast Vitalicious smoothies contain zero added sugar and contain naturally occurring sugars from fruit and fruit juices, packed together with vitamins, minerals and fibres.
Is it more important to eat vegetables than fruit?
You can cover the recommended daily intake (RDI) of nutrients without eating fruit but instead a conscious choice of vegetables.
Excluding a specific food group from your diet might make it more difficult to get enough of certain micronutrients.
Vegetables contain less calories than fruit, and from a very strict losing weight point of view, it might be an advantage to exchange fruit for vegetables.
Eating 250 grams of vegetables instead of 250 grams of fruit might save you around 50 kilocalories. On the other hand, eating 250 grams of fruits instead of 250 grams of snacks, cakes or candy might save you almost 1000 kilocalories!
I only eat raw food - it is so much better to get the unprocessed fruit.
Fruit juices contain less dietary fibre than whole fruit. Vitalicious products contain a mixture of mixed whole fruit and fruit juices.
The juices are necessary to get the right consistency for a drink; whole fruit alone would result in fruit mash more suitable to eat with a spoon. We aim to use as much whole fruit as possible and the fibre content of 100 millilitres of Vitalicioous ranges between 0.3 to 1 grams, depending on what smoothie you choose.
This can be compared with the fibre content of for example a banana or an orange that contain 1.9 grams of fibres per 100 grams of fruit.
Is it really exactly the same drinking Vitalicious as eating whole, fresh fruit?
No, it is not exactly the same to drink a Vitalicious smoothie as eating whole fresh fruit. In addition to mixed whole fruit, our smoothies contain fruit juices just as much to get a nice drinkable consistency. This results in a small loss of fibre. As an example, around one third of our You Beauty smoothie consists of apple and orange juice and has a fibre content of 1.3 grams per 100 grams of smoothie. If we were to replace the juices with the same amount of the corresponding fruit, that would instead result in a fibre content of 1.9 grams.
To preserve the quality of the products without using preservatives our smoothies are gently heat treated. This results in a small loss of heat sensitive vitamins, although the content of other vitamins, minerals and fibres are not affected notably.
I already eat loads of fruit, so I do not need to drink smoothies.
If you are a fresh fruit lover that is awesome and there is no need for your health to drink fruit smoothies on top of large fruit consumption. Drinking smoothies is a great way to make your fruit consumption more varied and as an alternative to eating raw fruit.
Our smoothies are also a healthier option to a quick snack.