3 Ways to Absorb Less Sugars and Carbs in Smoothies

by Gordon

Question: Do the sugar and carb ratings increase or affected when creating smoothies?

Thanks!
Gordon

Answer:
Gordon,
I guess that I'm not quite understanding your question. Are you referring to the amount of sugars and carbs increased from blending? For example... are you asking... Does the body consume more sugar and carbs since the food is blended? Well... Mostly yes.

It depends on what is in the smoothie. If fiber is present in the smoothie's ingredients, then there will be a slower absorption than if there was no fiber. But if it is all fruit juices and ice, then it'll go into the body quite rapidly.

There are other things to be considered. Like the vitamins, minerals, and phytonutrients in fresh fruits and veggies. People, in general, usually don't chew their food up enough. But when you use a blender, it is "pre-chewed". Then we absorb many more nutrients from those foods. Perhaps, we do absorb a few more calories, but I think that taking in those nutrients are much more important.

3 ways to absorb less sugars (even natural sugar) and carbs in smoothies:



1. Add raw and unsalted seeds, like pumpkin, sesame, sunflower, chia, etc. (You may want to grind them up in a coffee grinder first.)
2. Use stevia to sweeten the smoothie. Stevia contains no calories, carbs, or sugar.
3. Use low sugar fruits, like apples and berries.

I hope that I answered your smoothie question.

Happy Blending!

DaNae

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