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Study: fruit smoothies can be unhealthy

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At the Juice Pedaler in Brooklyn, owner Deborah Capone says they're careful about the ingredients in their smoothies, in particular, using natural sweeteners. They use agave nectar and unsweetened yogurt.

You wouldn't think a smoothie could be unhealthy, right? Well, nutritionists at the University of North Carolina warn that a pulped-up smoothie could have as much sugar as eating six oranges or downing a 20-ounce soda.

Health expert and dietician Frances Largeman-Roth says it depends on the kind of smoothie, and size. She says a commercial smoothie that you buy in a store can have a lot of added sugar, so making one at home is a better option.

The study maintains that major soda manufactures have bought juice companies and are marketing their smoothies as being healthy, though the serving and sugar content may not be. The study also argues that drinking a smoothie is not as healthy as eating a whole fruit or vegetable.

Largeman-Roth agrees with that. She also advises you to pick the smallest serving size because a smoothie is a mini meal, it's not a beverage.

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