Are Smoothies Fattening? It May Surprise You

Lookss Lovely But Are Smoothies Fattening Or Not?

So, are smoothies fattening? Well, smoothies are fantastic, so they say. They are a way to get in your body all of the vitamins and minerals you ideally need to function best. What I will say is this, if you are buying your smoothies. Then, you put yourself at risk of not receiving all of the benefits of a smoothie.

Beware, they taste great but are smoothies fattening? A Photograph Of A Smoothie With A Kiwi fruitCut in half outside the glass at the foot of it.

 

For a start, when you juice a fruit (If you are making your own which is better), you are removing most of the fiber which contains a lot of the nutrients, so blending is a much better way to keep this and a part of the drink.

Are Smoothies fattening? It May Surprise You

If you are buying your smoothies then, also, you need to look to see if they process the fruits. If they do, it is no good!

The scientists will claim the juice from a smoothie contains a lot of vitamins, minerals and also sugar from the fruits. We absorb the sugar differently to when we eat it. In which case “It may not be any good for anyone who is maybe thinking about controlling their weight.” Moreover, it was also a contributing factor to many other diet-related issues.

That was both a big revelation and a shock to me.

Surely the simple smoothie was not BAD for us, So I read into the matter some more.

A photograph Of two jugs full of smoothie juice. With a couple of the fruit on the outside at the base of the two jugs. A Strawberry And An Avocado Flavor Are The Two Drinks.

 

 Sweeteners

  • Point number one, beware of the amount of your sugar intake. Adding sweeteners like honey, for example, will only increase the sugar levels, beware of this.

 

  • Make your own if possible as store-bought smoothies contain a lot of sugar already. They can have up to 58 grams of sugar in a 16-ounce bottle. That is very high indeed.

 

  • You get the vitamins and minerals from many different fruits. Often receiving a variety of these, more so than you would if you were to eat one or two of them.

 

  • The blades destroy most of the insoluble fiber. That, in turn, means that a gel that is on the inside of the intestinal wall. (Which acts as a barrier for sugar absorption). Well, it cannot form correctly. And so, the body absorbs the sugar at the highest rate. It is too much for the liver. It will force us to store the excess sugar as fat around the organ itself. Are smoothies fattening? Well, they could be.

But though, this cannot spell the end for what people consider the healthy drinks choice, surely not?

Well, it is not all bad news for the smoothie.

Photograph of some ingredients of a smoothie including banana and red cabbage.

 

Benefits Of Smoothies

  • As I say, there are many smoothie benefits. They are a fantastic way to get all of the essential vitamins and minerals into your system.

 

  • They are a healthy way to use up fruit that has you get. And stop them/it from going to waste.

 

  • When you blend a drink, not in a juicer, it will have a lot more fiber. You will not break all of it down. You want to have a fiber intake of 38 grams for a man and 28 grams for a woman.

 

  • Each serving of fruits,  on average contains 2 – 4 grams of fiber with pears, with blackberries and apples having 5-7 grams. So I’m sure you can imagine how much you are getting from a smoothie in the blender. You do not destroy it all.

 

  • When you make your smoothie up, you do have the complete freedom to add whatever and how much of the various items of fruit or vegetable YOU CHOOSE. So use your mind and get creative and enjoy making them. Are smoothies fattening, no they are not.

 

  • One thing you are going to need to prepare your smoothies is a very powerful blender. Here is my number 1 recommended one. It has to be the fantastic Nutribullet.

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Experts Try To Find Out

You have heard what I have to say about smoothies. However, it would seem to me that the “experts” are just trying to find reasons as to why. Why smoothies are not healthy for us. When in fact they are. Anything which is good always has somebody trying to attach bad things to it no matter what.

I am not aware of whether you are a  diabetic reader, but I will do another post specifically

Take a look at this product to replace any lost fiber.

A Photograph Of A Fibre Replacement Supplement Called Meta Appetite Control

 

I will end by saying this, one thing smoothies are NOT, is fattening.

11 thoughts on “Are Smoothies Fattening? It May Surprise You”

  1. That is reassuring, simon, i.e. That smoothies are not fattening. But it is scary what you are revealing in terms of sugar levels. I can understand therefore how you support home made smoothies over the pre-made ones. Only thing I can’t get is, how does it work that the vitamin intake is lower on individual fruits consumption than in smoothies? Is it because of the quantity of fruit you add to a smoothie?
    Thank you. Giulia

    1. Yes, it certainly is Giulia. That is exactly it friend! You get a massive amount of vitamins and minerals when using FRESH fruit in the smoothie, but, personally I like to blend them so that it does not remove the fiber.

  2. Firstly thank you for your kind comment my friend. Ye,s fresh is a lot better than frozen as when you freeze the items they can lose some of their nutritional values. My advice and that of any other person who knows the difference between fresh and frozen is to eat/drink fresh produce mate 🙂

  3. Simon, nice, informative site. I like smoothies. We buy greens like baby spinach, kale and arugula in large bags. We eat lots of salads but can’t keep up with the freshness so we freeze the extra. My smoothies consist of frozen berries, greens, a few mango chunks, small amount of banana, table spoon apple cider vinegar, trace minerals, cayenne powder, turmeric, sesame seeds, ground flax. Not bad.
    Keep up the good work
    Dennis

    1. ooo excellent, Sounds to me like you do not need any advice on smoothie making, BUT did you get my completely free recipes book (157 of them) totally free mate it is on the site, think u might be interested in it mate?

  4. Very enjoyable read, I have heard different things about smoothies and your post has been very helpful. I am considering replacing my daytime meal with a smoothie and will definitely now create my own with a blender. I have people say you can mix both fruit and vegetables together to make a smoothie, is that correct?

  5. You had me worried there for a moment. I drink a lot of smoothies, and I wouldn’t think they’d actually be bad for you. You’re right, no matter how good something is, there’s always someone trying to smear it. i don’t think there’s one thing everyone in the health community agrees on. I used to stick to juice, but I started realizing that it wasn’t very helpful. Your article confirmed that. Thanks for the clarification Simon!

    1. No, thank you for the positive comment, my friend! Yes, there is always someone trying to throw a spanner in the works, but, unless you are a diabetic you have NOTHING to worry about with a smoothie/blended drink mate 🙂

  6. Yes, blending makes sense as when you blend you keep most of the contents intact and you get the best of both the worlds. It becomes easy on your stomach and good on nutrients. I liked your suggestion for the smoothies.

    Thank you for listing the smoothie benefits which are needed to be reiterated by some. I will also go check out the product you recommended on fiber. Keep up the good work.
    Jed

    1. Thanks a lot Jed your comment is most appreciated, and yea, on the are smoothies fattening post I suggested blending for exactly the reasons that you stated. You really need to keep as many nutrients as possible yes and juicing, to me, is nowhere near as effective for this!

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