SMOOTHIES VS JUICING?
Are you wondering what the difference is and what should you do? The simple answer is that both are good for you. When you make a smoothie you blend all the ingredients so you get the fibre and all the nutrients. When you juice you do not get the fibre, only the micronutrients that come through in the juicing. However, when you juice you can pack in an incredible amount of micronutrients that you would have a hard time fitting into your body in one sitting with a smoothie.
And remember, while fruit is good for you, it does contain a lot of natural sugars so be sure to use a lot of veg in your smoothies and juices! Aim for at least 50/50 breakdown between fruit and veg ion your smoothies and juices.
DOES THE COLOUR OF A BANANA AFFECT ITS NUTRIONAL CONTENT?
University of Hong Kong study has found that riper bananas (starting to brown, no. 6, 7) contain the most immune boosting antioxidants and are reported to have anti-cancer properties.
Yellow bananas (no. 5) also contain antioxidants and are a great source of energy, but with slightly less immune boosting power.
Green bananas are suitable for diabetics as their simple sugars haven't broken down and they have more good gut-health bacteria, but they contain less anti-oxidants.
Moral of the story: All bananas are good for you in some way or another!
Kiwis have more Vitamin C than oranges per 100g; they contain your entire Recommended Daily Allowance (around 154% in fact). They are also rich in potassium (12% RDA) and copper (26-30% RDA). The fiber in one serving of green kiwi contributes 14% toward the daily recommended fiber intake for men and 21% for women. On average kiwis contain between 45-63 micrograms of folate, or 11-16% of the recommended daily intake.