Are Smoothies Good for You?
The smoothie craze has taken off in Hollywood for some time while stars and supermodels like Anne Hathaway and Karlie Kloss were seen sipping smoothies around town. We know that staying in shape and looking good are the unspoken rules in the industry. Here comes the question: could a daily smoothie be the secret to keeping fit, looking good, having beautiful hair and skin and maintaining a fabulous figure?
The answer is: it depends
Many store-bought or bottled smoothies contain ridiculously high levels of added sugars, which bump up calories without increasing other nutrients. In general, the total sugar content of these smoothies, including natural sugars in fruit, is between 20 and 33 grams per serving unless they are artificially sweetened. Meanwhile, the Hong Kong Centre for Food Safety recommends limiting added sugars for adults to no more than 40 grams per day. So instead of consuming these sugar bombs, why not start making healthy smoothies at home?
The truth is ingredients do matter. Don’t limit yourself to fruits only. Explore recipes with veggies such as kale, spinach, celery and beets, which boost nutrients in smoothies. Also include healthy fats from avocado, nuts, nut butter, flax or chia seeds to help your body absorb the fat-soluble vitamins in smoothies. Greek yogurt, tofu or milk can increase the protein content of your smoothie and make it more filling. Don’t forget to add superfood powder like raw cacao, lucuma or acai for extra health benefits.
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