To keep to your New Year resolutions, avoid the high kilo-joule smoothies and frappes sold in cafes, even if they sound healthy.
The anti-obesity campaign LiveLighter assessed 40  smoothies, frappes and shakes bought from six chain cafes and fast food outlets this month and demonstrated that many contain high sugar levels and more kilojoules than a McDonald's Big Mac,

Some shakes and ice-based frappes contained up to 20.5g of saturated fat ( twice as much as a Big Mac) and 24 of the drinks contained at least 16 teaspoons of sugar ( more than a 600ml bottle of soft drink). Many of the drinks which were advertised as " healthy" contained more sugar and saturated fat than the average adult requires for the entire day. The use of " fat-free" or " dairy-free" to make the drinks sound healthy, but some have up to 31 teaspoons of sugar.

The World Health Organisation ( WHO) advises that added sugars make up no more than 5% of daily energy intake, or 6 teaspoons per day for the biggest health benefit. One of the café bought drinks contains up to five times this amount of sugar in one drink.

The LiveLighter website has healthy smoothie recipes and tips

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