Saturday, April 6, 2013

EXPOSED: Naked Juice Juice Smoothie, Protein Zone Banana Chocolate

Hello all!
So people were passing these out on campus earlier this week and I just HAD to snag one! I kept it in my mini-fridge until I knew I was going to be too busy to make a meal and too broke to buy one. Although a lot of other people who tried it didn't like the taste, I thought it was heavenly. Of course, nothing can go wrong with chocolate in it and the hint of coconut hit the spot. But, enough boosting the product up. Time to get the nitty gritty.

(per bottle)
480 calories
34 grams of sugar
.5 g of saturated fat
170 grams of sodium

While it does contain 30g of whey and soy protein, I can't get over the high amount of sugar in this drink. Of course, the people at Naked claim that all sugars are found naturally in the fruit.

Natural Ingredients: Companies add natural flavoring to make their products taste better. In short, they are created in a lab. Flavors can compensate for flavor loss during processing and substitute real ingredients to lower production costs and increase shelf stability.

Soy Lecithin: Lecithins are oily substances that occur naturally in plants (soybeans) and animals (egg yolks). Soy lecithin possess emulsification properties-meaning it helps keeps things together.
In conclusion-Make your own banana protein smoothie with Greek yogurt and add in some ground cocoa powder. This "juice" does provide a good amount of potassium, Vitamin C, iron and is low in saturated fat and cholesterol...but I can't help but  wonder what "natural ingredients" have gone into this drink. Once the fruit (white grape, banana) in this juice have been pasteurized, then there is little raw nutritional value left. Also, nearly 500 calories for a "natural" juice bottle that provides little fiber is concerning. Lastly, if you can overlook the calorie and sugar content and the $3.59 on upward price tag, then try it yourself and tell me what you think-for taste that is.

-Eating Clean in College


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