“Where’s the Guava? Yet fruity, and natural tasting apple and banana…”.
Innocent Guavas, Pineapples, Apples soft drink review
Weight loss rating = Medium
Why you should read? Looking for a refreshing soft drink to aid your weight loss. Find out if Innocent Guavas, Pineapples, Apples smoothie is that drink…
“Pleasant and non-overpowering scent”.
“Adequate moderate mouthfeel”.
“Moderate sweetness and acidity levels”.
“Strong and delicious taste”.
“Pleasant tangy aftertaste”.
“Slightly too much for one session”.
“Slightly harsh aftertaste”.
“Taste inconsistent with branding”.
“Good sustainability brand message”.
Today, from the East of England Coop, I purchased my 11th Innocent smoothie to review. This cost £3.95; This equates to 395/750ml = 52.6p per 100ml. This was much cheaper than Innocent Tropical defence at 77p per 100ml, and Berry protein, and was also cheaper than Berry light, and Energise, which both cost (67p per 100ml). This was the first time I’ve purchased a bottle of this capacity however, which may have reduced the price per ml. On balance, for the volume of fluid provided, value was good.
The 10 Innocent smoothie reviews we have previously written followed by ratings /10 include:
Energise 9, Invigorate 8.75, Berry set go 6.25, Tropical defence 7.75, Berry light 8.75, Bolt from the blue 9/10, Berry protein 8.5, Mangoes, Passion fruits, Apples 7.5, Strawberries and bananas 7, and Wonder green 6.
Today we review:
Guavas, Pineapples, Apples.
The bottle colours work well, with the green fluid highlighting the blues and darker colours of the label text. The branding text highlights an eco-friendly message, referencing bee homes built by apple growers, and their 100% recyclable packaging. Informal tone is also highlighted, by making a number of light-hearted jokes. The text works well, with variation in fonts and colours. It also provides some hints as to the benefits of certain micronutrients, such as vitamin C.
Whilst the branding and message is likeable, the fact that guava is highlighted on the title, is inconsistent with my experience of the consumption of the drink, so therefore the branding and taste profile mismatches a little.
Weight loss smoothies
According to Oxford reference, weight loss is a process involving negative energy balance, which means less energy is eaten through food and drink calories, than is used “burnt off“.
2 key aspects of this are:
1 Fullness (lack of temptation to eat further calories after a meal) (Brown, 2018).
2 Energy content (how light a meal is in energy content) (Brown, 2018).
Protein is more filling than carbohydrate, which is more filling than fat. Therefore, drinks higher in protein, and lower in fat, are more filling, and therefore better for weight loss (Hermsdorff, Volp and Bressan, 2007).
All fruits also contain lots of water, assisting fullness (Valente, 2019). When fruits contain viscous fibre, this in addition to water helps fill the stomach, thus increasing fullness.
This suggests fruits containing lots of fibre, protein, and water, are more filling than those with greater proportions of carbohydrates, and are better for weight loss, since they reduce temptation to consume further calories (Valente, 2019; Hermsdorff, Volp and Bressan, 2007).
Most common ingredients
In today’s smoothie, the 3 most common ingredients are listed as Apples, Bananas, and Pineapples.
This smoothie contains 750ml of fluid, providing 420 calories. Product weight = 870 grams based on kitchen scales – 50g bottle dry weight = 820g fluid weight.
The smoothie contains 3 pressed apples, 2 mashed bananas, and 1/2 pressed pineapple.
According to Atli Arnarson PhD (Health-line), a medium-sized apple weighs around 100g. This means this 750ml smoothie, contains 3*100 = 300g of apples.
According to a registered nutritionist in Iceland (Health-line), a Medium banana of 7–8 inches, weighs 118 grams. This means this 750ml smoothie contains 2* 118 = 236g of bananas.
According to registered dietitian Barbie Cervoni, one cup/slice of pineapple weighs approximately 165g, whilst a range of internet sources of questionable credibility (sources below), agree the average weight of a medium pineapple to be around 1kg (1000g). This means this 750ml smoothie contains 0.5*1000 = 500g of pineapple.
It’s worth noting the process of pressing above, will result in some of the fruit weight being discarded, meaning we may have overestimated the weight of each fruit above. We therefore considered the water content for the fruits mentioned above, and established that 80-89% of apples and pineapples are water, with just 70-79% of banana.
We predict that there is at least:
300*0.8 = 240g of apple juice.
500*0.8 = 400g of pineapple juice.
236*0.7 = 165.2g of banana juice.
Contained within this smoothie.
Bottle reference values
Fibre = 1.1g per 100ml, 7.5*1.1= 8.25g total.
Protein = 1.0g per 100ml, 7.5*1= 7.5g total.
[Water information is not provided].
Bottle total = 15.75g overall.
This is more fibre than Berry protein (1.0g per 100ml), but less protein than Berry protein (2.2g per 100ml). Invigorate smoothie contains 1.1g fibre per 100ml, which is the same as today’s drink (Guavas, Pineapples, and Apples). This suggests today drink is average in terms of weight loss values.
Total per ml = 15.75/750= 0.021g per ml of weight loss friendly ingredients, excluding water.
Weight loss rating = Medium
The smell was short lasting, with a clear sense of banana. The scent was very natural and fruity. On subsequent samples, it was slightly weaker, yet other fruits such as apple appeared more prominently. This was a very pleasant and non overpowering experience.
The taste was immediately natural, balancing well between banana and apple. Mouthfeel was moderate, yet held sufficient levels of taste. The taste was certainly sweet enough, yet sweetness did not overpower. Tartness provided by the apple, reduced levels of sweetness during later stages of tasting.
Levels of acidity therefore were sufficient to be noticeable, as was sweetness. The drink certainly was bursting with flavour, and was very pleasant to consume.
Drink texture was smooth, and except for some slight harshness to the aftertaste acidity, flavour was also smooth. Whilst the drink was very nice overall, I couldn’t help but notice the lack of guava taste, which was highlighted on the bottle in the title as one of 3 named fruits. This meant taste didn’t seem consistent with brand message. Also apple and bananas are very common fruits to taste in smoothies, and since they were the only noticeable flavours here, the drink lacked some character.
Aftertaste persisted for some time as tangy apple, which was refreshing and enjoyable. The drink wasn’t too filling, so therefore would be session-able if the bottle was a little smaller.
“Where’s the Guava? Yet fruity, and natural tasting apple and banana…”
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10 Innocent Energise review
9 Innocent Invigorate review
8 Innocent Berry set go review
7 Innocent Tropical defence review
6 Innocent Berry light review
5 Innocent Bolt from the blue review
4 Innocent Berry protein review
3 Innocent Mangoes, Passion fruits, Apples review
2 Innocent Strawberries & Bananas
1 Innocent Wonder Green
Brown, M.J. (2018) 8 Health Benefits of Guava Fruit and Leaves. Available at: https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/8-benefits-of-guavas. [Accessed: 14th September 2022].
Hermsdorff, H.H., Volp, A.C. and Bressan, J. (2007) ‘O perfil de macronutrientes influencia a termogênese induzida pela dieta e a ingestão calórica [Macronutrient profile affects diet-induced thermogenesis and energy intake]’, Archivos Latinoamericanos de Nutrición, 57(1), pp. 33-42.
Valente, L. (2019) ‘These Are the 12 Most Filling Fruits and Veggies, According to Dieticians’ Available at: Lisa Valente, M.S., RD = https://www.eatingwell.com/article/2061187/these-are-the-12-most-filling-fruits-and-veggies-according-to-dietitians/ [Accessed: 14th September 2022].
Fruit water percentages (Nutrition reviews)
Banana nutrition (protein, fibre)
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