What does naturally sweetened mean at Tropical smoothie
Tropical Smoothie Café® prides itself on serving frozen fruit smoothies that are all-natural and free of artificial sweeteners and added sugars, and we offer our signature Non-Alcoholic Tropical Fantasy® as a perfect example of this commitment to clean ingredients.
But why exactly do we use the term naturally sweetened in reference to our smoothies? Here’s what you need to know about the different kinds of sweeteners that are used in food production and how they compare with one another from both health and taste perspectives.
Total Sugar Content
One of our fans asked us a great question recently: Are all of your smoothies naturally sweetened, or are there any with added sugar? Our answer is: that all our smoothies are naturally sweetened.
Naturally sweetened means that we don’t add any additional sugar to our recipes. Instead, we use ingredients like fruit and honey to give customers tropical-flavored smoothies without adding extra calories from refined sugars.
Many of our smoothies have less than 10 grams of sugar per serving, while others have around 15 grams—most comparable fruit juices contain roughly 25 grams per 8-ounce serving. When selecting a smoothie recipe, check the Nutrition Facts label.
Calories in Juice vs. Syrup
A lot of customers are surprised to learn that we use real fruit juice in our smoothies, not syrup. In place of syrup, we use juice since it contains no added sugars or chemicals. For example, our Strawberry Banana Smoothie has 150 calories with 6 grams of sugar (from natural sources) and 15 grams of carbs.
That same smoothie made with strawberry or banana syrup would be much higher in calories and contain even more carbs—but less fiber! You’ll also avoid consuming artificial ingredients like Yellow Dye #5 or high fructose corn syrup (HFCS).
HFCS Free Syrups
Yes, you read that right. We have a wide range of flavors that are made from pure cane sugar—that’s it! This makes us one of just a few national smoothie chains that can make such a claim, which is why we use it as one of our core differentiators. It doesn’t change much about how we operate or what ingredients we use (we still only use real, whole fruit),
But knowing that we’re using an ingredient so many other smoothie companies choose not to makes us very proud! If you have any further questions regarding what naturally sweetened means at Tropical Smoothie Café or if you simply want to learn more about our philosophy on using fresh, wholesome ingredients please feel free to check out our Nutrition page.
Low-Calorie Natural Sweeteners
If you’re looking to minimize your sugar intake, but want a flavorful beverage, there are some low-calorie natural sweeteners on hand. These sweeteners range from fruit juice concentrates to honey and agave nectar. These ingredients all add flavor and sweetness to drinks, while also packing less of a caloric punch than sugar-based syrups.
Also, when used in moderation—that is, as a supplement to sugar or artificial sweetener—they can provide nutritional benefits (such as vitamins) that you wouldn’t get with simple sugars alone. Here’s a quick rundown of some common sweeteners and what they mean for your drink
No Artificial Ingredients
If a product says No Artificial Ingredients it does not contain artificial sweeteners, colors, flavors or preservatives. According to FDA guidelines (21 CFR 101.3) and industry standards, a food labeled with no artificial ingredients must: Be free of any added color derived from artificial sources; Not contain any chemical preservatives (unless they are listed as permissible); and Include only spices, flavorings, colorings obtained from natural sources (some tropical fruits or their juices), and salt. So what’s in our strawberry-kiwi smoothies that makes them naturally sweet?
A Nutritional Comparison Between Fountain Drinks & Smoothies
Fountain drinks and smoothies both come with a large amount of sugar, but many claims that smoothies are still good for you. So what exactly is in a smoothie, and does it really make them better than soda? To find out, let’s take a look at just how much nutritional value these two beverages actually have. Fountain Drinks In comparison to typical fountain drinks (e.g., Coca-Cola or Pepsi), one 16 oz. McDonald’s Fruit & Yogurt Parfait contains as much sugar as three cans of Coke.
Despite this high content, the yogurt and fruit give the drink some added vitamins and minerals which are lacking in fountain drinks. On the other hand, while smoothies may contain natural sugars such as honey or agave syrup, they also contain all sorts of artificial sweeteners like sucralose which do not provide any nutrients.