Saleyha Ahsan

Trust Me I'm A Doctor, Saleyha Ahsan on BMI and fruit smoothies, BBC Two, Series 1

Posted by Saleyha Ahsan on 10 October 2013 | 0 Comments

Can you be 'fat' and still healthy?

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Dr Saleyha Ahsan investigates if Body Mass Index (BMI) is the best way to predict health. She teams up with Professor Janice Thompson to test 11 volunteers.

Duration: 06:15

The BMI experiment ©BBC

Are smoothies good for me?

Smoothies are often marketed as a healthy treat, but as Dr Saleyha Ahsan reveals, we should all be a bit cautious of having too much of them.


Saleyha Ahsan asking the questions if smoothies are good for us ©BBC

Fruits are stacked full of sugar, and smoothies concentrate the sugar from a lot of fruit into one single serving. Most of them contain more sugar than Coca Cola – and it makes no difference that that sugar is ‘natural’ or not ‘added’- the sugar and acid from smoothies still causes tooth decay, and the sugar has many health consequences for us – affecting our risk of Type 2 Diabetes and obesity.

So despite the fact that smoothies contain plant compounds that are good for us, we should also be very aware of the amount of sugar that they contain as well and don’t think of them as entirely innocent.

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