Green smoothie recipes are made with natural ingredients, including fresh fruit and vegetables. These foods in their raw form have vast health benefits because they contain unrefined elements and digestive enzymes.

Green Smoothie Recipes Are Naturally Sweet

green smoothie recipes image of fresh fruit lemon kiwi and strawberry plus asparagusA smoothie made with sweeteners such as high fructose corn syrup can be harmful to your health. The body does not metabolize this food additive which is made of fructose and glucose. The fructose travels directly to the liver and triggers fat production. The glucose produces insulin spikes. Aside from weight gain, other problems associated with processed sweeteners are toxic in nature. Very high amounts of fructose are said to weaken the intestinal lining over time. Studies have shown that toxic elements such as undigested food particles and bacteria can get into the bloodstream through this compromised intestinal lining.

Consuming fresh fruit in its raw form will not only add a sweet taste to the smoothie, but will alleviate certain health issues. After enjoying green smoothie recipes, the natural sugar found in fruit, fructose, retains its chemical bonds. The body takes longer to break down these various chemical bonds thereby creating more stable blood sugar levels. Also, the fructose levels in fruit are healthy.

Green Smoothie Recipes Have Digestive Enzymes

green smoothie recipes image of enzyme rich foods pineapple and appleRaw foods such as fruits and vegetables contain digestive enzymes which are needed for effective digestion. Foods in their raw form help the body to absorb nutrients. Digestive enzymes  break down food particles into smaller molecules to be used for energy. Ingredients in green smoothie recipes need to be natural and fresh to reap these benefits.

Types of digestive enzymes include proteolytic enzymes to digest protein, lipase enzymes to digest fat and amylase enzymes for digestion of carbohydrates. Pineapples and papayas are known to contain powerful protease enzymes of bromelain and papain respectively. The avocado is a great source of lipase enzymes, while apples have a high content of amylase enzymes.

When food is processed either by adding chemicals or cooking, the structure of digestive enzymes are changed. The enzymes become dead. The pancreas has to work harder by producing digestive enzymes. Also, the immune system is affected. An increase in white blood cells are produced after eating processed food. It has been found that the body reacts to the changes in the chemistry of food after being processed or cooked.  Food is treated as an infection when there are not enough enzymes. Green smoothie recipes, being unrefined, will provide enzymes, and the body will not have to take enzymes from different areas for digestion.

A green smoothie, rich in enzymes is as follows:

  • 1 Cup Pineapple
  • 1 Medium Apple
  • 1/2 Cup Spinach
  • 1/2 Cup Ice From Filtered Water

For the best health benefits, choose green smoothie recipes as opposed to those with processed ingredients. Fruits and vegetables in their raw form contain phytonutrients, vitamins, minerals and digestive enzymes necessary for nutrient absorption and effective digestion.

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