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6 Ingredients for Healthier Smoothies

6 Ingredients for Healthier Smoothies

1. Chia seeds

This is a practical and healthy ingredient to include in your smoothie recipes. Chia seeds are thickening agents and can help you change the consistency of your smoothies. Unlike many thickening agents, they are gluten free. They are high in polyunsaturated fats, and 60 percent of chia seeds’ lipid profile is made up of omega 3s. The seeds are high in fiber — two tablespoons have 10 grams — and help keep people feeling full between meals.

2. Cocoa powder

Unsweetened, raw cocoa powder is a perfect way to boost the flavor profile of your smoothies, especially when paired with other ingredients that are naturally sweet, like bananas. With unsweetened raw cocoa powder, you’ll be adding a healthy dose of antioxidants to your diet. Ounce for ounce, raw cocoa is high in flavonoids, a plant-derived compound that kills free radicals, which are responsible for cell mutation.

3. Whey protein powder

Whey protein is a complete protein, containing all nine essential amino acids. Studies on the potential health benefits of whey protein are numerous and have linked it to weight loss; it can also lower blood pressure and promote lean muscle mass development. If you choose to incorporate whey protein into your smoothies, there are two things to bear in mind.

4. Flaxseed

Flaxseed is incredibly versatile, used in foods as diverse as frozen waffles and oatmeal. Like chia seeds, flaxseeds are a good source of omega 3s and fiber. Studies have also indicated a potential link between flaxseeds and reducing the risk of developing breast cancer, prostate cancer, and colon cancer. It is also heart-healthy. ”Lignans in flaxseed have been shown to reduce atherosclerotic plaque buildup by up to 75%,” according to Kelley C. Fitzpatrick, director of health and nutrition with the Flax Council of Canada. Flaxseed may reduce LDL, or bad cholesterol, as well.

5. Cranberry juice

The potency of cranberry juice is not just reserved for treating bladder or urinary tract infections, although that is one aspect of the juice’s health benefits. Cranberry juice carries the same tart punch that cranberries do, packed with vitamin C, polyphenols, and manganese. Components in the juice can reverse plaque formation on teeth, protecting against tooth decay.

6. Mangoes

Researchers at Oklahoma State University think that mangoes could hold a solution for both diabetes and obesity. One animal study showed that mango as a regular part of a diet can help control blood sugar and reduce body fat. But the fruit’s health prowess goes beyond the scope of the study, Edralin Lucas, an associate professor of nutritional sciences at the College of Human Environmental Sciences at OSU, says. “It is high in fiber, vitamins A and C, as well as other minerals and phytochemicals,” Lucas said. “In addition to the positive effects on body fat, blood lipids and glucose, it is not associated with serious side effects such as negative effects on bone that is linked with the use of rosiglitazone, a drug commonly used to lower blood sugar.”

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