What’s the go … with on the go?
Living a healthy lifestyle can be challenging at the best of times. However, when out and about it can be particularly difficult to grab a drink which is both refreshing and beneficial.
Dr Rebecca Reynolds and Ms Sophia Lin, researchers from UNSW’s School of Public Health and Community Medicine conducted a study to help consumers make better choices for their health when it comes to on-the-go drink options.
They analysed a selection of 21 on-the-go drinks (of which 9 where Boost drinks) for energy, macronutrients and seven micronutrients (all the good stuff we sometimes forget about) and gave each drink an Estimated Nutrition Quality (ENQ) score based on levels of these nutrients as well as approximated fruit and vegetable serves.
The ENQ score was a way to help us better understand the overall nutrition of a drink, because we all know drinks are more than what is listed on the nutritional panel.
According to the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (2016), diets low in fruit and vegetables and high in saturated fat, sodium and sweetened beverages are some of the biggest dietary risk factors contributing to the total burden of disease in this country.
“Not all on-the-go drinks are equal and some provide much more than just kilojoules. Even though excess weight is a prominent public health issue in this country and the kilojoule content of a drink portion is important, what’s also important is whether a drink contains fruit and vegetables; especially blended vegetables.” Said Dr Reynolds, researchers from UNSW’s School of Public Health and Community Medicine
Thanks to their combination of fruit and vegetable, smoothies and juices are a great way to get more than just kilojoules into your diet – plus they taste great too!
At the end of the day it’s all about balance and looking for products that suit your lifestyle – which is why we offer you choice to ensure there is something on our menu for everybody!
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About the ENQ Score:
The ENQ scoring matrix was devised to estimate the overall nutritional quality of each selected drink per 100mL. Each drink was scored from -2 (worst score) to 3 (best score) based on the levels of each of the following nutrients or criteria: energy, protein, saturated fat, sugars (natural free sugars vs. added free sugars), dietary fibre, vitamin A, vitamin B12, vitamin C, vitamin E, calcium, potassium, sodium and the authors’ own estimate of servings of fruit and vegetables. The report authors state that this scoring system is prone to substantial error and can be used as a guide only. Recipes for competitors’ products were not available and therefore ingredients were based on estimation only.
About the study:
The ‘Nutritional Analysis of Select On-the-Go Drinks’ study by Dr Rebecca Reynolds and Ms Sophia Lin, researchers from UNSW’s School of Public Health and Community Medicine, is an evidence-based analysis of a combination of laboratory testing for product nutrient content conducted by AgriFood Technology and publicly available ingredient lists and nutrition information panel data. The report was commissioned by Boost Juice in June 2016. A total of 21 products were selected for inclusion, including nine products from the current Boost Juice range. Energy, carbohydrate (total carbohydrate, sugars and dietary fibre), protein, fat (total fat and saturated fat), sodium, potassium, calcium and vitamins A, B12, C and E were analysed. Limitations of the study include bias in drink selection, differences in portion sizes, ingredient estimations where recipes were not available and the inability to determine the different fat and carbohydrate types accurately. The study authors do not endorse any of the products listed in the report.
ii ABS, Australian Bureau of Statistics (2015). 4364.0.55.008 – Australian Health Survey: Usual Nutrient Intakes, 2011-12. Canberra: Australian Bureau of StatisticsBS. Available here