Freshly prepared juices and smoothies are worth their weight in gold when it comes to nutrition and health. Fresh juices and smoothies are incredibly nutrient-dense, yet is your body actually absorbing all those health-promoting nutrients? You probably know that some vitamins are water-soluble (vitamin C, B vitamins), while others like Vitamins A, D, E, and K are fat-soluble.
So, how exactly does that relate to preparing and consuming fresh juices and smoothies?
Water-soluble vitamins can be “peed” out and easily lost, while fat-soluble tend to stay in your body a while longer. It also means that water-soluble vitamins enter your body with water, while fat-soluble vitamins REQUIRE FAT to be absorbed properly. Healthy fat, not high-fructose corn syrup and such.
So here comes the big “aha”…
Let’s say you’re drinking a green juice or smoothie, which is naturally loaded with high amounts of fat-soluble vitamins A (beta-carotene) and K. Will those
vitamins be absorbed adequately?
Most likely not. Unless of course you ingest a good quality fat or oil along with it. The good news is that doing so is a cinch. Drink some green juice and follow it with a tablespoon of your favorite fat/oil – coconut oil, flax oil, hemp oil etc… By doing this, you provide the necessary fats that will assist the absorption of those important fat-soluble vitamins. Or, just add a tablespoon of healthy fat into your blender when preparing, or stir it into your juice or smoothie immediately after preparing.
Bon Veggie Appetit!
Gina “The Veggie Goddess” Matthews