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Blood sugar and fresh fruit smoothie’s

I’ve been eating fresh fruit smoothie’s for breakfast the past couple weeks, and I feel like my blood sugar is wonky after. I usually blend up black/blue/strawberries, light vanilla yogurt, a bunch of spinach, banana and grape juice. Is this too high in sugars for a breakfast smoothie, or is this all in my head?

Answer:

Without knowing how much fruit you are putting into your smoothie it is difficult to say. That said, going on what you have outlined, you are consuming a lot of sugar, grape juice contains a lot of sugar, and add to that the banana, strawberries and blackberries you will be getting a fair amount of sugar every morning. Although smoothies can be healthy they can still contain a large amount of sugar. I would suggest introducing some more vegetables aiming for a 2 to 1 ratio of vegetables to fruit. I would also suggest removing the grape juice, grapes contain a lot of sugar and juice even more so. You are ok with the blackberries and strawberries as they are low calorie fruits. I would also check your yoghurt ingredients, quite often “light” or low fat yoghurts have had a lot of sugar added to make them taste better. Look for a natural additive free yoghurt with probiotics. If it is a natural yoghurt, it should not have a laundry list of ingredients.

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