If you’re a smoothie lover, you might have wondered if it’s healthy to drink smoothies regularly at all. Here you will find a brief overview of the advantages and disadvantages of this trendy mix drink.
- Easy and quick to prepare: Smoothies are very nutritious drinks that can be prepared easily and quickly at home. Ingredients are whole fruits, vegetables, water, milk or milk alternatives such as pea, almond or soy milk. Simply add the desired ingredients to the mixer and mix until creamy – done!
- Increased vegetable and fruit intake: By consuming smoothies regularly you increase your consumption of fruits and vegetables as well as your intake of vitamins, antioxidants, minerals, proteins, fiber and fluids
- Delicious, delicious: After some ingredient experiments you will be able to make delicious smoothies relatively quickly. This means that you can prepare a healthy meal without having to give up good taste.
- Very nutritious:Smoothies give the body the opportunity to absorb many nutrients. Foods that are usually not eaten voluntarily do not taste so bad in smoothies. If you vary the choice of ingredients accordingly, you reduce the risk of a lack of certain nutrients. This can improve your cardiovascular health, as whole fruits contain several cardioprotective nutrients such as vitamin C, potassium, folic acid and fibre. These nutrients can help reduce the risk of stroke or heart attack
- Minimum count: Many healthy ingredients for smoothies, such as most vegetables, do not contain many calories. If you choose the right ingredients, you can avoid counting calories
- Smoothies are not a complete meal: The body needs the right amount of vitamins, minerals, essential fats and complete protein from the right sources. Even if you regularly drink a green smoothie, a portion will not contain all the nutrients your body needs. Smoothies can supplement your daily diet, but you should not neglect cooking and preparing fresh and healthy meals to not compromise your health
- High risk of overcomsumption: Delicious sweet smoothies can lead to a high consumption of sugar. Excessive consumption of sugary drinks can lead to weight gain
- Not as satiating as normal meals: Smoothies do not satiate as long as normal meals, because, among other things, there is less chewing. A long satiation and a few hours of digestion between meals is very important to maintain or even lose body weight. This is another reason why smoothies should only be a supplement to the daily diet and not a permanent substitute for normal and healthy meals
- Stomach friendly: Depending on which ingredients you mix, the stomach can be extremely sensitive. Knowledge of acid-base balance can help you make a sensible choice of ingredients and make your mixed drinks more stomach-friendly
There are both advantages and disadvantages to regular consumption of smoothies. When preparing smoothies, pay attention to balanced nutritional values, satiety and calories of your smoothies. Also pay attention to which combinations of ingredients you do not tolerate. If you are intolerant, your Smoothies may be too one-sided.