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You Ask, I Answer: Smoothies/Fiber

Posted Aug 24 2008 10:53pm
Can you explain to me why a smoothie lacks fiber?



If you're taking whole fruits that have fiber in them in that form, and simply crushing/pureeing them, but not discarding any parts (still eating everything you'd eat if you ate them whole), how is it that the resulting smoothie lacks fiber?



I love to throw fruit in the blender as a way to more easily consume a variety of them (and I love the flavors blending!) and it seems to me that the nutritional profile shouldn't be changing.



-- Daphne

(Via the blog)



The smoothies I normally refer to are commercial ones, which use fruit juice concentrates and powders rather than real fruit .



This churns out low-fiber, high-sugar drinks that do not resemble the nutritional profile of eating, say, an orange.



These smoothies also tend to contain sugary yogurts or high-fat dairy products, practically turning a refreshing drink into liquid ice cream.



If you are making smoothies at home with whole fruits, you are in much better shape.



An even better option?



Make smoothies with a high-power blender like the Vitamix (in which you can puree and liquefy entire fruits) to get the most nutrition.


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