Are Jamba Bowls Healthy?


If you like to grab a bowl at one of the many smoothie and juice stands popping up nationwide, you may have noticed some troubling nutrition facts. The Açaí Primo Bowl at Jamba Juice contains 490 calories and 67 grams of sugar, and the Açaí Blueberry Bowl at Juice Press contains 260 calories and 34 grams of the sweet stuff.

Jamba (formerly known as Jamba Juice) has been serving up dope drinks since 1990. They also offer a variety of smoothie bowls, hot eats, and snacks. While they’re branded as a “healthy” alternative to other fast food joints, not every Jamba item is good for you 10/10.

The 6 best smoothies on the Jamba Juice menu (and the worst). 1 BEST: Strawberries Wild. Courtesy of Jamba Juice. Per small (16 oz): 240 calories, 0 g fat (0 g saturated fat), 50 mg sodium, 57 g carbs (2 g fiber, 2 BEST: Mega Mango. 3 BEST: Strawberry Whirl. 4 BEST: Peach Perfection. 5 BEST: Pomegranate Paradise. More items

And even the basic All-Star Açaí Bowl at Juice Generation serves up 345 calories and 47 grams of sugar. While most of that sugar comes from fruit, even “natural sugar” can lead to health concerns, especially combined with a relative lack of protein, fat and fiber to balance it out.

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