Fruit smoothies (blended fruit drinks) are very popular these days and there are lots of new places that give you great tasting fruit smoothies.
But are they healthy?
Studies show that if we eat one whole fruit we feel full. But in a large fruit smoothie we can have up to 5 or 6 servings of fruit and only feel full for a few minutes. And some fruits have a high glycemic index and break down into sugars fast and even faster in a smoothie because it’s digested really fast.
Not so with whole fruit… that full feeling stays with us for a long time and they digest slower.
Some scientists say that fruit smoothies and juices are a new danger we are facing in our diet… they are almost as bad as soda for the body.
I knew a person that had diabetes and if he drank a fruit smoothy his blood glucose shot up to over 500 – not good. Thus his doctor told him he could not drink fruit smoothies at all.
I am not saying that the occasional fruit smoothie will make a lot of difference in a person weight, but if we drink smoothies all the time… it will make a difference.
Plus a lot of smoothies have additional corn fructose added, which packs on the pounds and leads to metabolic syndrome and diabetes.
So what is a good drink? Either blended veggies or juiced veggies.
Veggies have very little sugar and are packed full of live enzymes and lots of nutrients that do the body good. Especially green veggies that alkalize the body and keep away an acidotic condition that leads to cancer and heart disease.
Blending veggies gives us lots of fiber in every glass which is important for colon health.
And juicing gives us just the vital nutrients needed to sustain us and keep us going strong all day long. If you don’t have much fiber in your diet than blending is the way to go.
But if you are on the Whole Foods/Plant Based Diet like I am, then you already have all the fiber you need in your diet… so juicing veggies is great. And veggie juice will help you lose weight! Even Dr. Gerson of the Gerson Clinics recommends fresh veggie juice.
Better yet eat the whole raw vegetable, they make you feel full… and will do your body good.
Snack on carrots, celery, sprouts, kale, red bell pepper strips, and just about any other veggie you can find. Whole raw veggies will help you drop pounds, make you feel full, and give you all the great nutrients and live enzymes you need.
So the fruit smoothy craze is OK… but whole fruit, whole veggies, veggie juice or blended veggies are even better.
This article is meant to get you started… so you can do more research on your own… dig a little deeper and find what works for you. This article is for educational purposes only, I strongly recommend that you seek advice from your own GP, private doctor, or medical specialist for any ailment, illness, or medical condition.. this article not meant to be a scientific analysis in any way, shape, or form.
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