Jamba Juice. Can you stay skinny?

Jamba Juice smoothies are made with sherbert, fruit, etc.–so there is a lot of sugar in them.  Some have more than others.  Here is a better one, and even a better one has a LOT of sugar.  You can order a Fit N Fruitful version http://www.jambajuice.com/menu-and-nutrition/menu/smoothies/fit-n-fruitful , which has this nutrition info for its Berry Blend Smoothie.

Calories 290
Total Fat 4.5g 7%
Saturated Fat .5g 3%
Trans Fat 0g 0%
Cholesterol 25mg 8%
Sodium 65mg 3%
Total Carbohydrates 52g 17%
Dietary Fiber 6g 24%
Sugar 37g
Protein 11g

That is a good amount of protein.  This has 52g of carbs and 6g of fiber.  So, that is 46g net carbs.  It is 37g of sugar.  That is like eating 9 sugar cubes.  Yes, it is better food, but it is still  fattening and too much sugar.  You are better off eating a piece of fruit and getting a 12g net carbs for an orange.  And this is the smaller cup at 16 ounces, not their regular cup.


They have a new Make It Light option that you could request, where supposedly it is 1/3 lighter in everything.  So, even if that is true.  It would still be about 32g of carbs in a drink.  Now, if you are only allowed between 50g and 100g of carbs a day to stay thin, then your options for the rest of the day are small.

Again, if you had an orange and two low-fat string cheese sticks–you are looking at 14g net carbs vs. the 32g of net carbs for the Jamba Juice.  There are other options too for protein and carbs, but keep in mind that Jamba Juice should not be part of your diet unless you factor in the carbs for the day and you are exercising heavily.

That is my opinion.  I haven’t had Jamba Juice in over a year and I could have a few sips, but I would rather eat an In and Out protein style cheeseburger for 11g of carbs  and 18g of protein (there are chicken burger options out there too).  There are 7g of sugar in it or about 1 1/2 sugar cubes vs. the 9 sugar cubes or possibly 6 with the lighter option.

Seriously, which one will leave you feeling more full and satisfied?  Which one will leave you with a sugar high and a huge crash and a desire to pig out later?  (I hope you answered the burger for the first question and the juice for the second one)

It is all about knowing what is in what you are eating if you want to stay thin.  Healthy juice sounds good, but it can be fattening.  Just sayin….



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