Sugar has been hitting the headlines in January as consultants warn that we’re on the cusp of a sugar dependancy epidemic.
Everyone knows meals excessive in refined sugar meals are unhealthy for our health, skin or waistline.
So the larger concern right here is the hidden sugars we don’t know we’re consuming that discover their means into ‘wholesome’ cereals, dips and sauces.
If a meals is processed, it’s almost certainly been sweetened… as a result of candy stuff tastes good!
One instance of “disguised sugar” are smoothies – which many individuals flip to as a wholesome drink and to hit their 5 a day.
However smoothies are simply fruit…
In principle, sure – however if you eat recent fruit the flesh normally comprises a giant dose of fibre, which types a protecting ‘layer’ and acts as a barrier to the gut when digested.
This barrier slows down the absorption of sugar and provides your liver an opportunity to catch up.
When fruit is blitzed or juiced this fibre is damaged down or eliminated solely, so the fruit sugar (fructose) is absorbed straight into the bloodstream the place it causes an enormous insulin spike.
Additionally it takes various fruit to provide an entire glass or bottle of juice. The common glass of orange juice is 4 oranges.
Ask your self this – when would you ever sit and eat 4 massive oranges in a single sitting?
How a lot sugar are we speaking?
A survey published in early 2013, discovered that of 52 pre-packaged smoothies, 41 contained extra sugar than a can of Coca-Cola (that’s 9 teaspoons!).
A distinct examine revealed by the British Medical Journal discovered that whereas consuming complete fruit cuts your threat of growing sort 2 diabetes, ingesting it seems to improve the chance.
Earlier than you swear off smoothies for good, bear in mind these findings solely relate to fruit primarily based, processed drinks.
A do-it-yourself choice is at all times going to be higher than one thing you decide up within the chilled aisle, notably should you embrace a lot of veggies.
Keep tuned for extra data on veg-based smoothies and “inexperienced smoothies” this week, in addition to an excellent recipe from our favorite nutritionists Hemsley & Hemsley.