ARE GREEN SMOOTHIES REALLY GOOD FOR YOU OR JUST ANOTHER “CRAZE????

ARE GREEN SMOOTHIES REALLY GOOD FOR YOU OR JUST ANOTHER “CRAZE????

ARE GREEN SMOOTHIES REALLY GOOD FOR YOU OR JUST ANOTHER “CRAZE????

Many people are now opting to blender their fruit and vegetables since juicing takes out important nutrients as well as fiber. The heated debate is now: “Is blending also destroying nutrients.??? One researcher, Dr. Brian Clement (Hippocrates Health Institute) has claimed that bender can destroy up to 92% of nutrients. His Hypothesis was:

“Oxidation, caused by oxygen being sucked into the blender during a blend cycle, destroys nutrients in the food that would otherwise be preserved if eaten in its solid state???. He even goes as far to say that green smoothies should be considered “junk food???

SO DOES THAT MAKE IT TRUE? THEY ARE BAD FOR YOU!

If you look further you see a lot more support that this is a myth. Yes, there is some oxidation. However, nutrients in food start to perish the instant they are harvested, exposed to UV light and heat. The other key factor about the destruction of nutrients is the length of time the food is blended. Dr. Clements evidence that this may happen is when the food is processed for 90-120 seconds; when most people only blend for a short time, approximately 30 seconds. On top of this, if you choose fruits that are loaded with antioxidants they actually assist with reducing oxidation.

 TIPS ON GETTING THE MOST OF YOUR BLENDED GREEN SMOOTHIE

Buy local fresh food so there is less oxidation to begin with.
Limit storage time. Again, fresh is better, whether it is when you buy the foods and how long after making your smoothie you consume it.
Don’t over blend. Minimize the time you blend, ideally less than 30 secs.

HEALTH BENEFITS OF GREEN SMOOTHIE: THEY ASSIST WITH –

Weight loss
Increasing energy
Increasing fiber intake
Clear skin & reduced toxins
Reducing cravings
Healthy bones
Normalizing blood sugar
Lower blood pressure
Reducing cholesterol

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