One would assume that smoothies are super healthy, but there are a few key need to know facts that you should keep in mind before over indulging!
Lisa Borg, expert Nutritionist at Pulse Light Clinic, has prepped the below checklist to help keep you on the right track when making smoothies at home.
1. Only use fruits and vegetables that are certified organic.
Juices and smoothies are dense in nutritional value, but non-organic fruits and vegetables have a high potential to add an unwelcome addition of concentrated toxins to the mix… which kind of defeats the object!
2. Using too many fruits can lead to adverse symptoms like inflammation and blood sugar imbalance.
When fruits are eaten whole they also provide fibre, which slows down the release of their sugar content. Juicing removes this fibre, resulting in rapid absorption of sugar and a rush of sugar to the bloodstream; which creates excess work for the pancreas in producing insulin to bring the blood sugar back to within the reference range. Avoid using too many fruits; just add one to a vegetable juice to contribute to taste and texture.
3. Juices and smoothies are dense foods but in liquid form.
They still require digestion for the nutrients within them to be absorbed and subsequently utilised. To assist the digestive processes you should savour the juice by rolling it around your mouth before swallowing. Digestion begins in the mouth with the release of salivary enzymes which are triggered by chewing. So be sure to ‘chew’ your juices and smoothies!
4. Relying on shop-bought juices and smoothies is not recommended.
These products have often been pasteurised, which actually denatures and/or destroys the beneficial ingredients; making them no better than commercial fruit juices. You also have no idea how long they have been sitting on the shelf! Juices are at their most potent, nutritionally speaking, during the first 10 minutes of being prepared. Commercially prepared juices and smoothies are nothing close to their freshly prepared counterparts!