Naked juices and smoothies are popularly sold as a healthy drink option, but what does the nutrition really look like? Today I’m taking an in-depth look at the “green machine,” one of Naked’s green smoothies. Green smoothies are often perceived to be the healthiest of all, so keep reading if you want to know what the pros and cons of this one are!
If there’s something you want to know about the product that I don’t discuss, just leave a comment below. Let’s get to the review!
Cost of Naked Juice Green Machine
I paid about $3.50 ($0.23 per oz) for a bottle at Target. I wasn’t surprised at the cost. Many fruit juices targeted toward health-concious consumers are pricey.
At Walmart, a 46 oz bottle is $5.38 ($0.12 per oz).
At HEB, a 46 oz bottle is $5.54 ($0.12 per oz).
On Amazon, there weren’t any verified/reputable sellers, and prices were all over the place! So it’s more than likely just sold in major retailers.
Nutrition Breakdown of Naked Juice Green Machine
Let’s jump right to the elephant in the room: the sugar in this juice. Many reviews, journals, and magazines have compared the juice to soda. In fact, the Naked Juice Company (owned by PepsiCo) has faced multiple law suits for its marketing. The first was in 2013 over it’s “all natural” claim. Another was back in 2016 when a consumer advocacy group filed a class-action lawsuit stating that the product’s label was misleading consumers to believe the product was healthier than it really is.
So let’s look at the nutrition for ourselves so we can make our own informed decisions!
Naked Green Machine Nutrition Facts
Serving Size 1 Bottle
Total Fat 0g
Saturated Fat 0g
Trans Fat 0g
Total Carbohydrate 63g
Dietary Fiber 0g
Total Sugars 53g
Includes 0g Added Sugars
Vitamin D 0mcg, Calcium 40mg, Iron 1.4mg, Potassium 760mg, Vitamin A 230mcg, Vitamin C 42mg, Riboflavin 0.3mg, Vitamin B6 0.4mg, Magnesium 40mg
INGREDIENTS: APPLE JUICE FROM CONCENTRATE (WATER, APPLE JUICE CONCENTRATE), MANGO PUREE, PINEAPPLE JUICE, BANANA PUREE, KIWI PUREE, SPIRULINA, NATURAL FLAVOR, ALFALFA, BROCCOLI, SPINACH, BARLEY GRASS, WHEATGRASS, GINGER ROOT, PARSLEY, KALE, ODORLESS GARLIC
CONTAINS WHEAT FROM WHEATGRASS
Last updated on April 02, 2020.
What stood out to you?
With drink items like this, I’m always checking a few key things: sugar/added sugar (your body can’t tell the difference, but there are different recommendations for intakes of each), fiber, protein, and the first 3-5 ingredients.
This product has no added sugar. I always check for added sugars because the USDA recommends limiting added sugars to no more than 10% of your daily intake. This product has 53g of sugar per serving, mostly from the fruit juices in it. Excess sugar intake has been associated with health conditions such as obesity, heart disease, and cancer. Because of this, the USDA also recommends limiting excess sugar intake. Sugar is metabolized more quickly by the body than nutrients like protein, fat and fiber, so combining sugars with a source of protein, fat or fiber can help you avoid the infamous “sugar high!” Plus, the energy you get will last longer, and you’ll probably feel fuller and more satisfied too!
This green juice has 0g fat, 0g fiber and 4g of protein. That’s pretty dismal when combined with the high amount of sugar. So, some may experience a sugar high from this.
I check the first 3-5 ingredients on a label because that tells me what the product is mostly made of. The first item in Naked’s Green Machine is apple juice from concentrate, followed by mango puree and pineapple juice. The “green” part of this Green Machine doesn’t make an appearance until the 8th ingredient (not counting the 6th ingredient–the algae spirulina).
While I recognize that this has probably been done for flavor (because honestly, green juices and smoothies that taste green just. don’t. sell.), it’s still a bit disappointing that the first three ingredients in a “green” juice are actually fruit juices, which means that’s mostly what you’re drinking here.
Can you see how it’s worth it to take a quick glance at the nutrition facts? If you’re often in a rush like I am, now you know exactly what to look for on the label to cut down on time!
Overall, I was pleased with the taste. It tastes great–which is no surprise with 53g of sugar and the first few ingredients being delicious fruit juices! I was disappointed in the lack of fiber. There is some protein, which is nice, but I would still drink this with some type of food that has more protein to ensure that you don’t have your blood sugar rise and fall quickly.
What It’s Good For…
-A quick, convenient, great tasting drink with no added sugars (but still a high sugar content), and vitamins and minerals from fruits and vegetables (not added).
-Consider consuming only half of a bottle at a time with a meal to eat a more balanced meal that still includes this if you enjoy it!
-Enjoying on occasion due to the high sugar and low fiber content. You may be better off eating whole fruits and veggies instead! However, I am not telling you not to drink this. I want you to make those decisions based on your own health goals, needs, and personal circumstances.
What It Isn’t So Good For…
-Replacing daily fruit and vegetable intake
-Choosing it so you can “be good”
-If you prefer low-sugar options
Just to Get You Thinking…
When you read the word “green machine,” what do you think of? Who do you think the brand is trying to appeal to with the word machine in particular? When you look at the label, what images or colors stand out to you? What part of the label is your eye drawn to? Leave a comment letting me know!
I ask these questions just to get you thinking, because sometimes thinking critically about such things can help you see past them when you’re browsing the drinks section at the store, and may result in you making better decisions about what foods you eat in what situations (which, I must add, depends from person to person and situation to situation–there’s no black-and-white “good” and “bad”).
Thanks for reading my in-depth review of Naked Juice Green Machine! Have any thoughts to add or questions you’re left with? Do you disagree with anything I said above? Let me know in the comments below!