Why smoothies can only be one five-a-day
Fruit and vegetable juices and smoothies contain a variety of vitamins that are good for our health.
Unsweetened 100% fruit juice, vegetable juice and smoothies can only ever count as a maximum of one portion of your recommended five daily portions of fruit and vegetables.
For example, if you have two glasses of fruit juice and a smoothie in one day, that still only counts as one portion.
This because fruit juice and smoothies don’t contain the fibre found in whole fruits and vegetables. Have other types of fruit and vegetables for the other four (or more) portions.
Fruit juice and smoothies also contains sugar that can damage teeth. It’s best to drink them with a meal because this can help protect teeth.
The sugars found naturally in whole fruit are less likely to cause tooth decay because the sugar is contained within the structure of the fruit.
When fruit is juiced or blended, the sugars are released. Once released, these sugars can damage teeth, especially if you drink juice frequently.
Even unsweetened fruit juice is sugary, so keep an eye on the amount of fruit juice and smoothies you consume.
Your combined total of drinks from fruit juice, vege-table juice and smoothies should not be more than 150ml a day – which is a small glass.
For example, if you have 150ml of orange juice and 150ml smoothie in one day, you’ll have exceeded the recommendation by 150ml.