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Health Food Imposter #4: Bottles or Store-Bought Smoothies

“I'm not sure how juice diets and juice fasts became equated with health,” says Freuman, who says she once had an overweight client that would drink fruit smoothies everyday thinking she was being healthy because the label read ‘no added sugar.’ This is very deceiving Freuman says, since fruit juice is pure sugar and devoid of protein and fiber. And forget smoothie shops, she says, where portion sizes are out of control. Many of their power-sized smoothies contain between 95-125 grams of sugar, which is the equivalent of four candy bars, says Freuman.

The Better Pick: Your best bet is to make your own smoothie at home where you can control what goes into it -- all you’ll need is a blender, your favorite fruits and maybe a little ice, water or juice. Try one of our healthy and easy-to-make fruit smoothie recipes.

If you have to grab something on the go, Freuman recommends trying low-sugar, high-protein, probiotics-rich kefir, a fermented milk drink that tastes similar to yogurt.

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