Making your own smoothies may seem like a great way to get your daily fruit. A new report says experts now claim they can be nutritionally misleading, however.
In an interview with the New York Times, Sarah B. Krieger, a registered and licensed dietitian nutritionist who spoke for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, said that the health benefits of smoothies aren’t all that they seem.
Many people are known to make fruit smoothies at home, and crushing all that fiber in a blender before ingesting it can make it easier to digest, but this isn’t necessarily a plus.
One of the benefits of eating fruit whole is that it makes our bodies break down the fibers itself. This slows down the digestion process and the rate at which the fruit’s sugar enters our blood stream.
So, taking your fruit via a blended smoothie can actually make you feel hungrier sooner, says Krieger, when compared with eating the fruit whole. This can encourage eating more calories than you need.
And store bought concoctions can be worse, as they often have added sweeteners like sugar or honey says Krieger and fillers that make them taste good, but add a lot of calories.
Are there ways around it? Adding some plain yogurt to a homemade smoothie can give it some bulk and provide a bit of protein to carry you through more easily to lunch.
Or, eating the yogurt in a bowl topped with your favorite uncrushed fruit could be the best way to go. Your stomach and sugar levels may thank you.
All things being said though, smoothies can still be a great way to get those unwanted carrots, spinach and sweet potatoes into your kids, if you have them, without anyone batting an eye.