How long will my smoothie last for in the fridge? Green smoothies are the ultimate in Fast Food. They’re nutritious, easy to make and the benefits are endless however, what do we do when we have leftovers that we don’t want to waste?
Oxidation does occur during the blending process. You may notice that air is being added to the ingredients of your smoothie which is evident as the contents of your blender’s container expand. Don’t let this alarm you. There is not enough scientific evidence of oxidation affecting a smoothie’s nutritional quality and if there is some sort of derogatory effect, it hasn’t been measured yet, or it’s really insignificant. More solid scientific research is needed.
Blending does expose fruit and vegetables to oxygen and possibly low levels of heat but smoothies quite often have far more vitamins and minerals than most cooked foods. There is also a high content of anti-oxidants in the fibre.
The photo above is a great example of how vital the role of fibre plays in oxidation. On the left is potato that has been blended and on the right is potato that has been juiced. You can see that a lot more oxidisation has occurred in the Potato Juice.
This is not to say that cooking food isn’t nutritious or healthy. Some people can’t handle raw foods so cooking or lightly steaming is the best thing for their body.
Whilst it is best to guzzle your greens as soon as you have blended them this doesn’t mean that you should count down from 3 and have a sculling contest! Take the time to enjoy your smoothie!