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What’s in Jamba Juice’s Berry UpBEET Fruit and Veggie Smoothie?

In this series, “Eating out: What’s in it?” we will be going over how you can figure out for yourself if something is unhealthy. Today we are taking a trip to Jamba Juice.

 

1. Check the menu

In more and more urban and developed cities, some nutrition information is being publicly displayed on the menu. Look for numbers or symbols next to the menu item.

Examples:

  • “M/L 540/830 cal”     — this could be found right after a smoothie, indicating that the medium size is 540 calories, while a large is 830.
  • “V,” “DF,” or “EF”     — could all be common allergy indicators / show dietary preferences (vegetarian, dairy free, egg free)
  • “low cal”     — your food or drink has a low amount of calories per serving

These indicators are convenient and effective ways of narrowing down choices.

 

2. Go online

If you are eating at a chain restaurant, you can almost guarantee they will have the nutritional info on their websites. Some even have ingredients, and most include a common allergen guide.

In this case we have an extensive amount of information online for all of Jamba Juice’s products.

 

  1. Go to their website
  2. On the main menu select “Smoothies”
  3. Select “See All” next to the “Fruit & Veggie” line of smoothies
  4. Click “See Details” under the Berry UpBEET Smoothie

 

Summaries- Nutrition:

  • 240 calories per small smoothie
  • 340 in a medium
  • 400 for a large

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  • 3g of protein, 140mg of sodium, and 0mg cholesterol in a small
  • 5g of protein, 230mg of sodium, and 0mg of cholesterol in a medium
  • 6g of protein, 280mg of sodium, and 0mg of cholesterol for a large

Unfortunately this smoothie is pretty low in protein. As we saw, it is just fruit and vegetables.

It has a fairly low amount of sodium, which is nice if trying to avoid salt.

 

  • 52g of carbohydrates, 40g of which are sugar, and another 9 grams are fiber in a small
  • 74g of carbohydrates, 56g of which are sugar, and another 13 grams are fiber in a medium size
  • 86g of carbohydrates, 165g of which are sugar, and another 15 grams are fiber in a large size

 

Pretty good sugar to fiber ratio.

See also: How to Understand and Apply the Nutrition Facts

 

  • 1g of fat, 0 of which is saturated, 0 grams trans fat
  • 1.5g of fat, 0 of which is saturated, 0 grams trans fat
  • 1.5g of fat, 0 of which is saturated, 0 grams trans fat

Obviously no trans fats in beets.

 

  • Lastly, 120% of the RDI"Reference Daily Intake:" see post. for Vitamin A, 10% for Iron, 10% Calcium, and 120% of your Vitamin C
  • 190% of the RDI for Vitamin A, 15% for Iron, 15% Calcium, and 150% of your Vitamin C
  • 220% of the RDI for Vitamin A, 20% for Iron, 20% Calcium, and 180% of your Vitamin C

 

A great source of vitamins a and c.

 

Our approximate macro breakdown: 3% fat, 91% carbs, 6% protein.

See also: How are Nutrients and Calories Rounded?

 

Summaries- Ingredients:

 

Our ingredients:

 

  1. Strawberries
  2. Blueberries
  3. Mixed Berry Juice Blend
  4. Red Vegetable Juice Blend
    1. Carrots
    2. Beets
    3. Broccoli
    4. Spinach
    5. Kale
    6. Lettuce
  5. Mangos
  6. Ice

 

 

Breakdown:

  • Only downside is that this is very low fat and low protein.
  • Fantastic ingredients.

 

Also the sizes are fairly even: roughly a 40% step up from small to medium, and another 20% from medium to large.

See also: Get to Know Your Nutrients

 

Hope this eating out tutorial / walk-through helps! More coming soon.

 

Thanks for reading!

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