Green smoothies – the miracle cure? I recently watched an infomercial for a popular smoothie maker. Hosted by an extremely well known and charismatic public figure in the health world, it was pretty convincing. Testimonial after testimonial provided “proof” that the green smoothie is the latest cure-all.
Now, I’m a huge believer in using green smoothies to improve my (and my children’s) intake of fruits and veggies (if you haven’t read “Can the Green Smoothie Save Your Life?” you should now, the link at the bottom of that page will take you back here after you’re done).
BUT, will adding them to your diet without changing anything else cure you of all your ills? You know what they say about if it sounds “too good to be true”, right? Right.
What Green Smoothies WON’T Do For You
Too many times today we hear nutritional advice that focuses on adding a superfood to your diet, as if adding it will make everything better. Just tune into Dr. Oz and you’ll see what I mean. What ends up happening is because nothing else in the diet changes, the so-called “benefits” of the healthy food either won’t be noticed (because they aren’t there), or, through placebo effect you “feel” better (because you think you should).
But the reality is, true health comes from an overall dietary pattern, not by adding or eliminating a single food or food group.
If you add a green smoothie to a diet filled with large amounts of processed foods, animal based foods and sugar, very little will change for you. Green smoothies do not magically erase the detrimental effects of high saturated and trans fats, cholesterol, salt, sugar and other refined carbohydrates. And while they are a step in the right direction, and certainly better than having a Coke, having one a day will not dramatically change your health.
What Adding Green Smoothies to Your Diet CAN Do For You
We know through research that the diet of Americans is SEVERELY lacking in fruits and vegetables. I mean SEVERELY. I’ll say it again. SEVERELY. Got it? Good.
Do you ever wonder why that is? I do.
My best guess (backed up by a substantial amount of reading and research) is that in a world filled with hyper-stimulating, concentrated, chemicalized and artificial food substances like refined sugars, refined grains, and fat and salt filled meats and dairy products like cheese (which are all highly addictive), natural foods without salt and excess fat and concentrated sugar, just don’t excite the taste buds anymore.
Green smoothies can replace a meal or snack that might otherwise be filled with fat, salt, sugar and refined grains. They can help your body begin to get enough nutrients and fiber. They can help you to start appreciating the taste of whole vegetables (particularly green leafy ones) and fruits. They can help you eat lots of raw veggies you probably won’t eat any other way. And enjoy it. They can be the start of your path to better health – which is HUGE.
But if you really want to transform your health the way people are claiming on the infomercials, it’ll probably (no, definitely) take more than a daily green smoothie. It’ll take moving towards a whole food, plant based diet either little by little, or all at once. Let green smoothies be your first, delicious step in the right direction. They can help you and your family meet those recommended daily amounts of fruits and veggies and they can start to improve you health. Your body WILL appreciate all the nutrients, fiber and water you are giving it. So get blending, baby!