Smoothies â Tried and Tasted
Extremely popular, smoothies are marketed as an easier way to consume your 5-A-Day. If you're finding it difficult reaching the recommended quota of fruit and vegetables - smoothies seem the perfect answer. Our panel put 6 of the popular brands to the taste test... see how they compare.
Our Tasters scored all the smoothies out of 5 and they have been ranked in order according to their score.
|Product||Mango & Passion Fruit, Pure Fruit Smoothie, Innocent*||Orange, Mango & Apricot Smoothie, COU, M&S*||Orange & Banana, Low Fat, Bio Yoghurt Smoothie, Shape*|
|Comments||A pleasant aroma, a thick texture, and a very fruity taste. One of the better smoothies sampled. Give it a try!||A tangy drink, which some of the panel found a little tart. Rather like a freshly squeezed orange - overall, a pleasant, refreshing drink.||Creamy and smooth, like yogurt. Higher in calories than COU and Innocent, and is the least fruity. Nevertheless a satisfying drink. Give it a go.|
|Serving Size||250ml Bottle||250ml Bottle||250ml Bottle|
|Calories (kcal) per serving||138||130||184|
|Fat (g) per serving||0.5||1.5||1.8|
|Product||Pineapple, Mango & Passionfruit, 100% Fruit Smoothie, Sainsbury's*||Get Your Vits, Oranges & Mangos, Super Smoothie, PJ*||Mild & Fruity, Peach Dairy Drink, Campina*|
|Comments||An unappetizing coloured smoothie, reminiscent of baby food. An acceptable drink - but not recommended.||Bitter drink, which tasted fake - not like fresh fruit (probably all those added vitamins). Disliked by the panel who would prefer a freshly squeezed orange!||A runny, yoghurt drink. Watery and lacking flavour. Disliked by the panel.|
|Serving Size||1 Bottle (250ml)||1 Bottle (250ml)||1 Bottle (330ml)|
|Calories (kcal) per serving||163||128||211|
|Fat (g) per serving||0.3||0.5||0.0|
Overall, the panel were disappointed by the standard of smoothies tasted. With up to 200kcals per bottle, a smoothie should be considered a treat - these ones were not! Most were either watery or lacking taste (surprising for drinks renowned for their fruit content!) - and the panelists believed a glass of freshly squeezed fruit juice would be tastier and more refreshing... (not to mention cheaper!)
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