Jamba Juice is a brand name that almost every health-conscious consumer has heard of. Their smoothies have become a global product with 800 stores in ten countries; it’s impressive growth for a company that started with one man getting a loan from his mother.
Behind its well-loved reputation hides a more sinister question – is Jamba Juice really a healthy option?
Although some of its products certainly have bonafide health benefits, many of the smoothies are actually dangerously high in sugar. The Caribbean Passion has 73g of sugar in a 20oz cup, which is 8g more than is found in the same amount of Coca-Cola.
There is no denying that the rest of the ingredients are healthier than the chemicals in Coca-Cola, but too much sugar can cause serious health issues.
Health Issues Caused by Sugar
The damage that sugar does to your liver is comparable to the impact that alcohol has on the organ. The fructose in sugar overloads the liver, causing it to overwork and essentially damage itself. No other organ in the body can process fructose, so the liver is at the mercy of your sugar consumption.
Weight gain is one of the most commonly quoted issues with over-consuming sugar, and in fact, has been directly linked to it. Fructose alters your metabolism and tricks your body into thinking that it isn’t full. This then means that you’re more likely to eat more than your body needs.
Gaining weight through eating sugar ultimately leads to an even greater list of health issues such as fatigue, heart disease, diabetes, and cancer.
Yeast infections are one of the lesser known health problems that come from a high sugar diet. Sugars negatively affect your body’s ability to regulate blood sugar. This has long been linked with diabetes but the constant rising and falling of blood sugar have been proven to increase the likelihood of contracting yeast infections.
Homemade Healthy Smoothie Recipe to Replace Your Jamba Juice
Although there is an option in many Jamba Juice menus to choose a low sugar option, there is another way you can ensure that you keep the sugar content of your smoothies low – make your own! This veggie smoothie below is a delicious and a 100% sugar-free option for anyone who is health conscious.
Green Smoothie Recipe
- ½ organic cucumber, chopped
- ¼ cup parsley
- ½ lemon, peeled
- ½ avocado, pitted and peeled
- 2 cups organic, raw spinach
- 1 cup coconut water
- 6 ice cubes
- Place all ingredient in the blender, and blend until smooth.
Jamba Juice has built up a reputation as a haven for the health conscious. Many of the items on their menu adhere to this reputation, but never be fooled by popular opinion. Always take the time to check whether what you are ordering is good for you or not. Without doing so, that “healthy” treat could be causing you more damage than your realize.