Jamba Juice has been an enjoying a reputation as the hip and healthy place to get your smoothies. Packed with vitamins goodness, the fruit drinks became an instant hit with California health nuts in the Nineties, and now in over 700 locations in 30 states. A few years ago, Jamba expanded to oatmeal, wraps, and other chewable items.
But if we look beyond the health halo, Jamba is not much better than some of the most vilified fast food joints in the country. A single fruit smoothie may sometimes contain more sugar than a person should consume in a day. And as Fooducate reader Julie sent us by email, the wraps are not very healthful either.
Take the Greek Goodness Wrap, which is described as follows:
Feta cheese, chopped Kalamata olives and fresh field greens, wrapped in a beet tortilla, served with Greek vinaigrette on the side.
Sounds delish, to be sure. But is it also healthy? NOT!
We took a look at the nutrition facts label and began to weep:
500 calories. 16 grams of fat ( a third of the daily max). Over 1000mg of sodium (almost a half of the daily max). Only 2 measly grams of fiber.
And the ingredient list just doesn’t end - Julie counted 75 ingredients:
Conclusion: not everything that is marketed as healthy is necessarily so. Ask to see the nutrition information when eating out. You’ll be surprised how easy it is to overeat.