Smoothies are a simple and easy way to load up on healthy ingredients in one tall glass, but the sky-high sugar content in many blends can make your jaw drop. For example, while delicious, one medium banana blended into your smoothie accounts for over 14 grams of sugar!
Yes, naturally occurring sugars, like those from fruit, are welcome in a balanced diet, but too much of anything isn't good — especially if you're concerned about elevated blood sugar levels or you're trying to cut back on carbs. The following charts break down some of the best low-sugar ingredient options to try out today. To go one step further, we've added five easy smoothie recipes at the bottom that keep sugar well under 10 grams per glass.