Smoothie vs Eating Whole Fruit, Which is Healthier?
Smoothie in the morning? Yes why not, it is a healthy meal especially during the morning. But on the other hand remains the question what is better making a smoothie or to eat the entire fruit.
Why eating whole fruit has a different effect on the body than consuming smoothie? Maybe the answer is simpler than you think.
Fruit contain fruit sugar or fructose. Nevertheless, this sugar along with the fiber considerably can decrease the fructose absorption. When the fruit is consumed in a liquid state or in this case as a smoothie, the fructose spikes blood sugar and it decreases the capability of break down the sugar. This will make faster work of your pancreas by secretion of more insulin. Furthermore, rapid absorption of sugar stimulates inflammation processes, which without doubt you would like to avoid them. By squeezing the fruits you will filter out all the fiber which is much worse. The fiber content in fruits functions as a net that slows down the conversion of fructose into blood sugar. With blending fruit, that network from the fiber is destroyed, which means that the blood sugar levels can increase. Consuming the entire smoothie in one breath makes it even worse. The entire amount can reach to your digestive system much faster, that is leading to boosting blood sugar level and also will make your pancreas work faster. Opposite to “drinking the fruit”, eating the fruit (chewing) takes a little time, on this way the nutrients and fructose reach your blood gradually, thus the body has more time to absorb the necessary vitamins and minerals.
If you want to chew your fruits at the morning without rush, then wake up half an hour earlier and do something more in the morning that will boost your energy. Or you can pack an apple, banana or any fruit that you like in your bag to take with you for your lunch break. It will be really refreshing and you’ll be far more productive for the remainder of your working day.