Are Smoothies Healthy For You?

We live in the era of where any chance our species can create a life hack, we jump on it. The perfect example for this is the invention of incredibly trendy popular smoothie and juice enterprises that are sweeping the nation. They are starting to pop up like Starbucks and lines are out the door with Lululemon-wearing men and women who are blindly slurping down upwards of 3 lbs of fruits and veggies with each order. Sure, nothing beats the taste of an ice-cold, “healthy,” fruit smoothie on a hot day, but are smoothies really healthy for you?

Here are a few reasons why you may want to pass on the smoothie or juice next time.

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Decreases Natural Fiber

Each time you blend fruits and veggies, it destroys the insoluble fiber in them. So, the most beneficial reason for eating fruits and veggies is ruined. You need food with girth rich in fiber. Fiber is necessary for proper digestion and moving food through your body properly; it lowers cholesterol, regulates blood sugar, and helps you stay thin. When you drink your food, you can forget the above benefits.

You Are Still Hungry

When you drink your breakfast, lunch or dinner, it simply does not satisfy the way chewing up food does, so your body doesn’t know when it’s full. That means you are sucking down way more calories than you would be able to if you were eating the solid version of the liquid lunch you’re drinking. So you think you are being smart by taking your healthy smoothie on the run and ingesting it on your way to work in the morning, but all you are doing is drinking your way to a bigger butt if you don’t watch it.

Fresh berry smoothies on mason jars

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Increased Risk Of Diabetes

Increase the amounts of sugar you eat and you just increased your chances of getting diabetes, high blood pressure, and obesity. Most 12-ounce sodas have about 40 grams of sugar in them when the average 16-ounce smoothie you order weighs in at a whopping 58 grams of sugar! Never thought you would hear a fitness writer tell you to grab a coke instead of fruit drink? You are better off not drinking either one! Save your money and calories, you work way too hard to waste either on “healthy,” expensive fad drinks.

Most Of The Ingredients Are Cheap And Useless

These popular pricey smoothie shops are using frozen fruits, processed protein powders, and depleting veggies. So the only one benefiting in this smoothie maker/smoothie consumer relationship is the actual business owner. Drinking freezing cold drinks is rough on your digestive system as well. So don’t put your poor tummy through that 3-pound, depleted of nutrients, packed with sugar, mess if you can help it. Eat your fruits and veggies the old-fashioned way, with a fork!

Young woman eating salad and holding a mixed salad

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Conclusion

I have to admit, I love the taste of a smoothie, but it’s a guilty pleasure I am now choosing to let go unless it’s a special occasion. If you are going to walk in and order a smoothie, be educated on your choice. Drink a smoothie as a dessert treat, but not a meal replacement. The same goes for with veggie juicing; whole, fresh fruit and veggies pack in the most nutrients. If you really want the benefits of these foods, the best way is to take the time to eat them with your teeth. Don’t blindly drink up more calories than you can work off unless you are willing to pay for it!

Sources:

 

  1. https://happyherbivore.com/2012/01/why-i-stopped-drinking-green-smoothies/
  2. http://ayurvedanextdoor.com/why-good-ayurvedists-dont-drink-smoothies/
  3. http://time.com/3737812/smoothies-healthy-breakfast-fruit/
  4. http://articles.chicagotribune.com/2013-07-24/health/ct-met-fruit-juice-health-20130724_1_jamba-juice-naked-juice-odwalla
Sarah Stevenson
Sarah Stevenson, a.k.a., The Tini Yogini, is a Certified Yoga Instructor in Southern California. She has a degree in Behavioral Psychology and is a professional writer focusing on the subject of fitness and conscious living. She teaches not only yoga classes but also life affirming workshops.

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