A Summertime Smoothie from Hell

Bolthouse Amazing Mango Smoothie Teardown

Bolthouse Farms, a Campbell’s subsidiary, is on a tear with new product introductions. Last month we wrote about their new salad dressings. Today – a new line of beverages called summertime smoothies. Here’s the marketing pitch for the Amazing Mango smoothie that has “3 and 3/4 servings of fruit“:

Made with 100% fruit, our Amazing Mango® Smoothie puts the spotlight on Mother Nature’s natural solo artist. Packed with mango and the antioxidant power of vitamins A and C, the word ‘amazing’ really is putting it lightly. But we’re humble, so.

Sounds wonderful, right?

WRONG.

Let’s start with the fact that this product contains 34 grams of sugars per serving. That’s close to 9 teaspoons worth of sugar that you can gulp in 15 seconds. Unfortunately, you will likely drink twice that amount, because the smallest bottle size is 15.2 ounces, which is almost 2 full servings of 8 ounces. Total sugar for the smallest bottle – a whopping 17 teaspoons of sugars!

Where there is fruit, there should be fiber. Alas, there is only 1 gram of fiber in this drink. Were you to eat the fruit instead of drinking it, you would get much more fiber. For example, a single mango has 5 grams of fiber. A medium apple has over 4 grams of fiber.

Here is the smoothie ingredient list:

APPLE JUICE FROM CONCENTRATE (WATER, APPLE JUICE CONCENTRATE), MANGO PUREE FROM CONCENTRATE (WATER, MANGO PUREE CONCENTRATE), VALENCIA ORANGE JUICE FROM CONCENTRATE (WATER, VALENCIA ORANGE JUICE CONCENTRATE), BANANA PUREE, PINEAPPLE JUICE FROM CONCENTRATE (WATER, PINEAPPLE JUICE CONCENTRATE), LEMON JUICE FROM CONCENTRATE (WATER, LEMON JUICE CONCENTRATE), NATURAL FLAVOR, VITAMIN C (ASCORBIC ACID), VITAMIN E (D-ALPHA TOCOPHERYL), CALCIUM (CALCIUM LACTATE), VITAMIN A (BETA CAROTENE), IRON (FERRICORTHOPHOSPHATE), SELENIUM (SODIUM SELENITE), RED BEET JUICE CONCENTRATE (COLOR).

Although this product is marketed as a mango juice, it is mostly comprised of apple juice. None of the juices are fresh either. They are all from concentrate, meaning that they have been stored in some cold container for months. Perhaps that’s the reason that both vitamin A and vitamin C have been added to the juice. Eating fruit does not require the sprinkling of added vitamins on top.

The fact that vitamins A and C have been added is even more irritating in this product because Bolthouse proudly boasts the antioxidant power of vitamins A and C, misleading the consumer to believe these vitamins are naturally present in the product.

The market pitch ends with “we’re humble“, but perhaps Bolthouse should edit it to “we’re deceptive“.

Our suggestion to you, as always, is to hydrate with water, and vitaminize by eating real fruit. If you’re going to do a smoothie, prepare one on your own, and make sure the serving size makes sense. Otherwise you will be ingesting way too much sugar for your body to handle.

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  • mtskier8

    Your posts are excellent. I am a future dietitian (graduating in a few weeks) and look forward to using your blog as a client education tool.

    • http://www.fooducate.com/ Fooducate

      Thanks and good luck!

  • Funeats

    Love the posts- titles a little harsh.

    • http://www.fooducate.com/ Fooducate

      Thanks, we blame it on the sugar rush…

  • Rob

    So I’m a little confused, my daughter bought one of these the other day and being fooducate diciples we scanned it. It returned with a B rating. Although the flavor we scanned had 30g of sugar. So the question is with all that sugar does this drink really deserve a B rating B? Just looking for consistency here please advise.

    • QueenBE

      I am new to this app, and I am equally confused…can I trust the food scanner ratings? Sounds a little questionable? That smoothie drink def should not have received a B if it’s so terrible for you….

    • http://www.fooducate.com/ Fooducate

      Hi Rob – we reviewed the product information in our database and there was an error in the data. After rectifying – the product’s grade is actually C.

  • H20

    I agree eat real fruit and drink water Thanks for the info

  • Mary

    Looks like amazing mango has changed the recipe!! The one that you gave a grade B to has mangoes first and what appears to be other differences

  • Kate H

    Bolthouse was bought by Campbell Soup a couple of years ago. I have absolutely no data to compare the juice ingredients before and after the buyout, but it would not surprise me at all if the products contain more processed ingredients while the brand continues to maintain its “fresh and healthy” identity.

  • Disgusted

    Nothing ever changes does it fraud fraud fraud….sugar sugar sugar …diabetes diabetes diabetes……they sell crap crap crap…

    • H2O

      Yes they want you eating garbage taking medication, never getting better. Diabetes is big business.