Saturday, June 13, 2015

Startling Facts About Smoothies Revealed

 Smoothies are ⒼⓇⒺⒶⓉ.
 Smoothies are smooth.
 Smoothies can fill the gap between meals.
 Smoothies can be ⓝⓤⓣⓡⓘⓣⓘⓞⓤⓢ treats, if made right.
 Smoothies can be made from fruit, vegetables, or a combination of both.
ⒻⓇⓊⒾⓉ smoothies made from ❶ portion of whole/crushed fruit and ❶ portion of 100% fruit juice, count towards your daily fruit intake.
ⓋⒺⒼⒼⒾⒺ smoothies made from ❶ portion of fruit and ❶ portion of vegetables,  count towards your daily fruit and vegetable intake.

Be wary of the sugar content and fruit acids found in fruit smoothies, as they can contribute to tooth decay and tooth erosion. It is recommended, one limits their smoothie consumption to 250 mL (8 oz or 1 cup) and rinse their mouth well with water after drinking.

It is also wise, not to get into the habit of drinking  multiple smoothies in a row or super-size smoothie combos.  In this case, more is not better. While, a 250 ml smoothie count towards one's fruit/veggie intake, 5 smoothies or even a 15-20 oz smoothie, does not. Reason being, smoothies by nature can be packed with more calories and sugar, needed or used by the body at a given time. This not only harms your teeth but can increase your waistline.

Don't drink away your calories!
While, it is very easy to consume 12 oz. of a beverage (e.g. paw paw smoothie (see image)).  Trying to eat the same components used in the beverage, individually will be a challenge.


THINK ABOUT IT: Can you eat 1 cup of paw paw cubed, 
1 medium banana and drink 1/2 cup apple juice and  in one sitting?

#4 THE HIGHLIGHT Before I end, let it be known smoothies are a more nutritious option over fruit juice. Smoothies are made from the blended pulp, flesh, skin, seeds, leaves, root and or stalk of the fruit or veggie. These components are then consumed rather than strained and discarded as in fruit juice. It is widely known, most of the nutrition found in plants are within the fibrous matter and edible portion [skin, pulp, flesh, root, leaf, stalk etc.].

Smoothies are a great way to add variety to a sensible diet as long as a serving of 250 mL (8 oz/ 1 cup) is adhered to.

Should you drink smoothies? 
Time. com answers the question [date accessed July 24, 2015]  Watch the video

Thank you for reading! 
Hope you enjoyed the post.
Leave a ⓒⓞⓜⓜⓔⓝⓣ below.

Loesche, W. Microbiology of Dental Decay and Periodontal Disease.Medical Microbiology; 1996; chap 99.
Palmer et al. It's More Than Just Candy Important Relationships Between Nutrition and Oral Health. Nutrition Today, 2010; 45 (4): 154
Rukon.C.H. Smoothies: one portion or two? British Nutrition Foundation Nutrition Bulletin, 2008;  33, 129–132

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