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When is a Smoothie a Milkshake?

Aug 12th 2015 at 8:41 AM

A study About Breakfast Meals

A study was designed to investigate whether a high-protein (HP) breakfast is more satiating than a high-carbohydrate breakfast (HC) through suppression of postprandial ghrelin concentrations or through other physiologic processes.


The HP breakfast decreased postprandial ghrelin concentrations more strongly over time than did the HC breakfast. High associations between ghrelin and glucose-dependent insulinotropic polypeptide and glucagon suggest that stimulation of these peptides may mediate the postprandial ghrelin response. The HP breakfast also reduced gastric emptying, probably through increased secretion of cholecystokinin and glucagon-like peptide 1. To get those and other benefits, you’ll want to be sure you use the right ingredients so it doesn’t become a Milkshake that will add weight, increase risk of Diabetes, and increase unnecessary caloric intake.

Another Study Specific To Juice Smoothies

“The fruit juice (processed and sugars along with other chemicals added) industry has essentially taken the ‘apple-a-day’ mentality and used it to sell fruit juices as healthy,” said Barry Popkin, a professor in the department of nutrition at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s Gillings School of Public Health….. “Every one of the long-term studies of the health effects of fruit juices shows that you increase your risk of diabetes and weight gain” with regular juice consumption, Popkin said.  “Expensive, freshly pressed fruit juices from the local juice bar are no healthier than the kind sold in groceries”, Popkin added.  “Smoothies do provide fiber, as the entire fruit often goes into the blender, skins and all, but they still contain a lot of calories. Choosing a vegetable-based juice or smoothie is one way to reduce the sugar content, health advocates say”.


Adding high-sugar ingredients like dried fruit, sweetened nut milks and sugar-added almond butter can easily turn a potentially healthy smoothie into a sugar-loaded, fat-storing Milkshake. So, Opt for low-sugar impact ingredients. Make blends with the right protein powder with ingredients like unsweetened coconut milk, frozen raspberries or blueberries, avocado, kale, spinach and freshly ground flaxseeds. Make yourself and your family an easy, delicious, fat-blasting breakfast in minutes that keeps you full for hours. Choosing the wrong protein can contribute to the “milkshake” instead of a healthy smoothie. Among a growing array of choices, finding the rightvegetable-based protein mix can become a challenge. When picking one you want to check the label to be sure there are no added high-sugar ingredients,  They’re rich in vitamins and minerals, and often provide antioxidants, amino acids, fiber and more. Vegetable protein, or any kind of protein, is used by the body for enzymes, structural tissue, hormones, and transplant molecules. Protein wears out at a slow but steady rate and  must be replaced, and the source of those replacement proteins is our food. After being digested, proteins give us a new supply of amino acids from which the body continuously rebuilds itself. Plant proteins are well-suitable for vegetarian or vegan diets. They’re also well tolerated by lactose-sensitive individuals. Whey Protein Powder. The problem with whey is that it absorbs very quicklyAs a meal replacement, whey is not the best choice especially for those working or going to school that don’t have a convenient way to eat a healthy snack an hour later when you’re feeling those hunger pains and your stomach is growling. One study by Nutr Metab (Lond).found whey creates an insulin-raising effect similar to white bread, which explains why you’re hungry an hour after a whey shake, and not in the mood for wild salmon and Brussels sprouts, either. Casein protein.. While it absorbs more slowly than whey, it comes with all of dairy’s potential reactivity. One study(Afferent signals provide information to the central nervous system, which is the centre for the control of satiety or food seeking) found casein peptides behave very similarly to gluten: They can react with opiate receptors in the brain,mimicking druglike effects. Soy protein. Usually found in protein powders as cheap soy isolate, also has its bad side effects. Among its problems, Dr. Amy Shah says soy can adversely affect your thyroid and potentially contribute to breast cancer. Plus, most soy is genetically modified (GMO). So, if you’ve gotten this far, you’ve most likely come to the conclusion that all natural, no sugars added, non-GMO, non-dairy, no soy or soy additives, gluten-free vegetable-based, or plant-based protein powders are by far you best choice for the protein your body craves after a long night’s sleep. Read the labels carefully to be certain your choice contains none of these ingredients, and as is always the case with products you purchase – cheap is usually not the best. When it comes to you and your family’s health and vitality, it’s best to buy a quality product from a long-standing reputable company. When you consider the side effects and the additional medical costs of the cheap alternatives, it’s less expensive in the long run.

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Green Smoothie

1 Large Orange, peeled and segmented

1/2 large banana cut into chunks

6 large strawberries (sliced optional)

2 Cups spinach

1/3 cup plain vanilla yogurt

1 cup ice (may need to crush first)

1 scoop of plant-based protein powder (about 3 – 6 tbsp)

It is best to use Organic ingredients to be sure not pesticides or GMOs will negatively impact the nutritional value.

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