Sometimes, I wander the aisles in the grocery store. I have a few minutes to spare and I pick up different products to gander at their choice of ingredients. I read a few labels, I think, and I move on.
On this particular day, I picked up the bottle of Bolthouse Farms 100% Fruit juice smoothie. There are a variety of flavours. The one you see pictured here is their Berry Boost smoothie.
I take a good look at their bottle, the packaging, the words and then I start thinking. For starters, I never make smoothies at home. I just don’t. I’d rather eat the whole fruit. Occasionally, the family might pick up a smoothie while we’re out and about but really, they’re not part of our everyday repertoire.
Oh, I should apologize in advance: I took these photos while I was in the store. They’re not the best quality, wobbly handling and all. What can I say?
The Bolthouse Farms 100% Fruit juice smoothie says it contains 3 ½ servings of fruit per bottle. Well, that’s good.
I flip the bottle around and learn a bit more about the product. Within this bottle of Berry Blast Bolthouse Farms 100% Fruit juice smoothie, you get the juice of 2 ½ apples, 61 berries, and 1/3 banana.
Well, that’s impressive. I certainly can’t cram all that fruit in one sitting. The ingredients listed include: apple puree from concentrate (water, apple puree concentrate), apple juice from concentrate (water, apple juice concentrate), blackberry puree, banana puree, raspberry puree, strawberry puree, blueberry puree, lemon juice, natural flavor.
I’ve tasted Bolthouse Farms 100% Berry Blast Fruit juice smoothie before. It’s sweet, rich, thick, and very fruity. It doesn’t seem as sweet as some other juices and smoothies which works for me.
Can you sense the ‘but’ coming?
Now that I have the time, I take a good look at the Nutrition Facts label and I learn this bottle of Bolthouse Farms 100% Fruit juice smoothie gives me no vitamin A or vitamin C.
Wait, hold on.
Didn’t I just consume juice from a whole bunch of fruits? Truthfully, this isn’t the first product I’ve noticed with little or no vitamin A or C despite the use of fruit. It also has 41 grams of sugar. Aha…so even though I didn’t find it as sweet, the label tells me otherwise.
This is a bit of a mind bender for me. Would I buy the Bolthouse Farms 100% Berry Blast Fruit juice smoothie again? I just might because it’s a nice alternative to coffee or tea but I’d be a little more mindful. I’d remember that it doesn’t give me the needed nutrients that actual fruit would provide. So, I’d have to stock up on the fruits and veggies elsewhere during the rest of my day and watch my sugar intake.
All in moderation but it does require a little brain work.
p.s. in case you want to learn more about this product, click here.
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