Living a fit lifestyle can be rewarding when you are feeling in sync with your body, have a routine down that keeps you on track and you feel like you’ve got it. It can also get overwhelming when you begin to question every part of that lifestyle, ensuring you are up to date on the latest and greatest workout and diet trends.
I feel like I know what works for me but I’m also continually self-improving on many areas. It’s not a bad thing to keep on reaching for something better but it can be exhausting. That’s where I’m at this week. I just needed to circle back to the reason behind my curiosity for health and wellness and really delve into things I’m interested in finding out and continue to keep My Simply Fit authentic and raw.
Enter today’s topic, is it healthier to chew your food or consume it in liquid form (i.e. puree, smoothie, soup). I never looked into this topic although I was always curious about it. I remember hearing it is easier on your digestive system and since your body is not having to break down the food as much is can absorb it easier.
Since I need to do a little research before I can just put up a claim or something I heard “somewhere” I did a little digging and this is what I found.
Top 5 Pros of Drinking Your Food
- Nutrient boost-with smoothies you can add a myriad of supplements and boosts to your meal you otherwise may not consume
- Easy on digestion-having the food broken down for you, your digestion has less work to do
- Includes large amounts of nutrients-instead of trying to stuff 6 cups of spinach down your throat, you can include a large amount a variety of nutritious foods in a more manageable manner
- Easily absorbs into your body-as with digestion, the nutrients in the smoothie are readily absorbed and can go to work in your body quickly
- Convenience-there is no easier, complete meal that is fresh and portable
Top 5 Cons of Drinking Your Food
- You may eat more-sometimes you don’t register calories the same when they are in liquid form and you feel hungrier than consuming a meal by chewing
- You aren’t satisfied-your mind and body don’t get the same satisfaction from drinking a meal compared to chewing and breaking down a meal
- You don’t process nutrients the same-when some foods are broken down from their original form (rice, oats, etc.) your body processes them differently (i.e. raises and drops blood sugar dramatically)
- Spikes blood sugar-generally more fruit or juice is used in smoothies than regularly consumed and can contribute to a spike in blood sugar
- You consume more than you need-there are versions of smoothies that you can consume where you are having 2 apples, 4 carrots, 6 cups of greens, and ½ cumber which may be more than you need in a single serving
I came away from this with the realization that anything in excess is probably not the best option. If you are including smoothies in your diet to up your nutritional boost and include other veggies you may otherwise be missing out on, then I think they are a great idea.
If you are looking to lose weight for the long term, I believe chewing your calories and feeling full and satisfied is a better option. Either way, it’s a great problem to have deciding whether your smoothie is the unhealthiest thing you could be consuming!
What are your thoughts on smoothies? I’m not sure I can fully give them up…
Wishing you a wonderful weekend!