Ingredients to Avoid When Making Smoothies. Part Two

by Best Smoothie Maker Admin on

Smoothies are being favored by many health buffs these days because it helps them meet their daily fruit needs and at the same time enhance the protein, vitamin, mineral and fiber intakes. Smoothies may be customized to suit your own personal needs. You can also opt to add in more boosters and flavor for a tasteful delight of your own custom made smoothie. Although smoothies are universally though to be healthy, not at all healthy or have lesser healthy components as it is supposed to be. Some ingredients added to your favorite smoothie may just be included to make it tasteful and not to offer you with any nutritional benefits at all. Below are some of the smoothie ingredients that you should avoid when creating one using your blender.

  • Chocolates. This ingredient is widely used because of the enhancement it brings to your smoothies’ flavor. However, though how tasty it will give your favorite smoothies will bring, it has a very high levels of calories and fats. Smoothies, on the first hand are meant to help you drop your weight and keep you healthy but with chocolates as your ingredient it does the opposite.
  • Sugar or Sugar-sweetened fruit juice. Again, smoothies are meant to keep you healthy and lose some pounds. A smoothie having a fruit juice as a base flavor then there is a real big chance that it is added with sugar. Moreover, fruit juice contains no fiber and has more calories which are the exact opposite of what your smoothie is supposed to give you. Fruit juice also has fructose a complex form of sugar that may pose danger to your liver. Moreover, sugar also shoots your blood sugar to become high; it stimulates the release of insulin and known to trigger your hunger.
  • Caramel. Just as with chocolates, this ingredient also contains increased levels of fats and calories which actually induce you to become fat instead of keeping you fit. Caramel also contains sodium which that attracts water and retains them. Increased amounts of sodium will also mean increased amount of water which will make you gain weight. Moreover, sodium can also be a precursor for diseases such as Stroke and some cardiovascular diseases.
  • Agave. This ingredient is believed to contain healthy sugar – fructose. Whilst it is true that this type of sugar does occur naturally and found in fruits and vegetables, it is a complex sugar. A complex sugar can only be taken by the body at a certain amount only. An excess of fructose will make you gain weight and scarring of the liver.  With agave, it contains high concentrates of fructose.
  • Tap Water. One cannot be secured of your tap water. Some contain harmful microorganisms while some has fluoride, chemicals and some organic compounds.
  • Artificial sweetener. It is already been a known fact that artificial sweeteners are dangerous to your health. Usually, artificial sweeteners increase the chemical load of your body.

  You may be wondering, if all these ingredients are to avoid what ingredients will you add then to your smoothies? Here are some alternative ingredients:  

  • For dairy products, an alternative for this are unsweetened almond milk or coconut milk. Since smoothies are usually thick, you can use soaked organic chia to make it thick.
  • Instead of having a fruit juice as your base, have filtered water mixed with whole fruit or coconut water. Stevia can be used to add some sweetness to it.
  • Agave alternatives include stevia or coconut nectar. This ingredient has little amounts of fructose and known to contain amino acids and important minerals.
  • Chia seeds or almond butter can be a good alternative to your peanut butter.
  • Instead of using soy products, choose for almond milk or water.

Smoothies are really can really be a great way to keep your health in good form not to mention that you can do it on your own home through your trusty blender. Just be sure to know your ingredients well so you know you get the right nutrition your smoothie is supposed to give you.

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