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May 29, 2016 @ 2:30

Smoothies can actually make you fatter

As opposed to eating whole fruits and vegetables, a report by The New York Times said that consuming a smoothie will give you more sugar and calories that what you think.

Smoothies give an illusion of “health halo”, which is often deceptive to consumers. “The bottom line is quantity, and people are often consuming a 20- or 24-fluid-ounce smoothie. That’s a lot” said Sarah Krieger, a dietitian nutritionist from trade group Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics in the report.

Even preparing a smoothing with plain fruits and vegetables without other extra components, you can easily consume it in a few minutes, compared to the 15-20 minutes spent munching on whole fruits or vegetables. Consuming smoothies more recurrently would mean ingesting more calories and sugar than you would otherwise.

Krieger also added that the fiber found in whole fruits that slower the process of turning sugar into blood sugar, will be pulverized during the preparation process of a smoothie. Commercially sold smoothies, the report added, may also pose higher calorie content since producers make their products more palatable to the public.


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