Smoothies: The Good and the Bad

Fruit smoothies have become increasingly popular as interest in nutrition increases. The idea behind a fruit smoothie is that an individual can create a palatable drink from a range of fruits, and that this is both convenient, and a useful way of increasing intake of essential and non-essential nutrients. The main benefit of smoothies is that they often contain high levels of antioxidant phytochemical, as fruits are rich in antioxidants such as polyphenols and vitamin C. However fruit also contains sugars, and these can be easy to over consume when the fruit is liquidised. Care therefore needs to be taken to ensure that fruit is not over consumed when making smoothies, or that fruit lower is sugar is used. One more healthy alternative is to use vegetables alongside fruit in order to lower the total sugar content. Vegetables are lower in sugar that fruit, but generally can be considered to provide similar levels of beneficial phytochemical. Another option is to make sure that only small quantities are consumed at any one time.

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Robert Barrington is a writer, nutritionist, lecturer and philosopher.
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