Smoothies ingredients vary, and with this variation, you have smoothies that may or may not meet your health goals. This is the reason why as smoothies surge in popularity, there are also a lot of people who claim that the health benefits touted by smoothies are a sham.
Recently, I’ve encountered some anti-smoothie people claiming that smoothies are the best example of media hype, allowing “hapless” people into believing that smoothies – of any kind — are always good for an individual. I don’t completely agree with them, but I can see where they are coming from.
The commercialization of smoothie hinges on the reputation of smoothies as the healthier alternatives to other beverages like colas and milkshakes. And some enterprising businesspeople have been loading up commercially made smoothies with ingredients designed to enhance the flavor without much thought to whether the health benefits can be maintained.
For example, the popular use of sugary syrups, milk chocolate, ice cream, and full cream milk in many commercial smoothie recipes may actually, in fact, make smoothies no different from the average sugary beverages you see on the supermarket shelves.
On the other extreme, you have drinks that are loaded with ingredients like acidophilus or ginseng, yogurt, protein powder, etc., which by themselves are good, but when combined together in a single smoothie recipe, it makes one wonder whether how well these concoctions are tolerated by our tummies or whether these claims could all be too good to be true.
Which brings us back to the question, are smoothies really, truly healthy?
My answer is, still, 100% yes. Smoothies can be healthy. And here’s how you can make sure that the cup of smoothie you are enjoying is really good for you:
Make your own smoothies. When you make your own smoothies, you know exactly what you are putting into it and you can avoid ingredients that you are in doubt of. You can create smoothies that match your health goals, whatever they may be.
When using fresh fruits and vegetables, try to use organic ingredients. This will make sure that your smoothies are free from chemical residues.
Avoid adding sugar. Use fruits that are naturally sweet, or use natural sweeteners such as honey.
When using milk as an ingredient, opt for low-fat milk or soy milk.
Follow well-researched recipes so you don’t run the risk of messing up the portion sizes. For people who enjoy variety, a good recipe book such as “Sensational Smoothies: Drink Your Way To Health Deliciously” is a gem.
Share your concoctions! Seeing other people enjoy your smoothie creations is good for the soul.
Smoothies are good, but homemade smoothies are better! A little effort on your part will do wonders for your health. Let’s drink to that!
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