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With green juices and ‘superfood’ smoothies all the rage, HFG nutritionist Claire Turnbull shakes up some myths and misconceptions.
Packaged juice sales from supermarkets have been in freefall in recent years, while drink purchases from juice bars and sales of personal hand blenders have rocketed. There’s no denying that juices and smoothies are marketed as healthy, but some supersized drinks are loaded with sugar and pack in more kilojoules than a main meal, making them a recipe for unwanted weight gain! So, can you really drink your way to good health? Let’s peel back the truth.
JUICES vs SMOOTHIES
There are significant differences between juices and smoothies, and each come with pros and cons. Juices are made by squeezing or pressing a combination of fruits and/or vegetables. The extracted liquid is a good source of vitamin C, protective antioxidants and potassium for heart health, plus it’s an easy way to bump up your daily fruit and vegetable serves.
Smoothies are made by blending a combination of fruit, vegies, grains, dairy, nuts and seeds. They have a much thicker consistency, so they’re often filling enough to have for breakfast, and they’re easy to make ahead of time. And with loads of ingredients and flavour combos to choose from, you’ll never get bored.
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