Are smoothies actually healthy?

- Smoothies have done a good job of blending in as a healthy choice.

Sure, they're a quick way to get your vitamins and greens but is faster always better? Not according to nutritionist Kristen Carlucci.

She says blending your fruits and veggies can strip away the fiber you get from eating them whole. That said, if you do want a smoothie it's best to make one at home.

If you're not blending your own smoothies, nutritionists warn you're rolling the dice. Odds are the smoothies you buy at stores are sweetened with sugar, honey or agave. And believe it or not some of them aren't even made with real fruit.

Think that's bad? Consider this: a small Gotta Guava smoothie at Jamba Juice is 330 calories. But that's nothing compared to a 20-ounce serving of Smoothie King's the Hulk-Strawberry, which has more calories than a double cheeseburger with fries.

Numbers that, sad to say, could be hard to swallow for smoothie lovers.
 

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