Answering this question about fibre, the (very) short answer is “No”.
And also the intelligent and educated answer for you can be, “no, but….”
It’s a bit of a catch 22 when it comes to fibre and frozen smoothie making, but not in a bad way we assure you.
So, without any more fluffing around, let’s look into what’s on the other side of that intelligent and educated “but” for you below.
What is fibre?
There’s all this talk from health practitioners, your auntie, your brother’s best friend and the rest of your neighbourhood telling you to eat your fibre.
You probably know where to get it and what foods to eat to get it, but do you really know what fibre is?
Fibre is the part of plants that can’t be fully broken down with our digestive enzymes.
It’s present in fruits, vegetables, legumes and grains.
And even though we can’t digest this type of fibre, the bacteria in our digestive system (our microbiome) can and does.
The uses and benefits of fibre
Fibre has many uses and possible benefits for people and their health.
If you’re aware of your fibre intake daily as part of a balanced nutrition plan, fibre can certainly play its part in helping you out in the long term.
Here are a few of the potential benefits of fibre for you and how it may help you.
- Help increase the feeling of fullness from a meal
- Supporting stabilising your blood sugar levels
- Assisting in getting your gastrointestinal system moving
- Helping to provide bulk to the stool (no, not the one you’re sitting on)
- Improving cholesterol levels
- Supporting to prevent the onset of many different diseases
- Recent studies also suggest that adding fibre can change our microbiome to one associated with a leaner physique
Soluble or insoluble fibre?
That is the question.
There are 2 main types of fibre available for you.
These are soluble and insoluble and each has their own uses and benefits too.
Here’s a rundown for you on soluble and insoluble fibre.
Soluble fibre is responsible for slowing the movement of food through the digestive tract, also feeding your gut bacteria, helping with lowering cholesterol and regulating blood sugar.
Insoluble is the bulking fibre of the different fibres, so it helps with speeding up transit time and making it easier to do a number 2.
Blending and fibre
Putting it bluntly, the amount of fibre does not change if you eat your fruit or throw it in your blender and drink it.
But, the composition of the fibre does change.
So what does this all mean?
By changing the structure of the fibre, blending makes fruits easier to digest, requiring less energy from our body break down and assimilate the nutrients from it.
In doing this, liquid foods are easier for our body to digest, thereby causing nutrients to enter our bloodstream much quicker.
There is a downside though.
By getting into our bloodstream quicker, blood sugar can spike higher from a smoothie than getting the same nutrients from the whole foods.
Never fear though, Super Cubes has some easy (and delicious) remedies for this, so you can still enjoy your smoothies when and where you need them.
Side note, what about juicing?
Does juicing have the same outcome for you in regards to fibre?
Juicing removes the pulp from your fruit and vegetables, which contains all of the insoluble fibre and some of the soluble fibre.
In short, juicing only keeps part of the soluble fibre.
Like blending, juicing also reduces the energy that’s needed for digestion and assimilation.
Blending it all together
We see that the amount of fibre in your smoothie is the same as in your untouched, whole fruit, but this isn’t the whole story.
We must remember the composition of fibre is also important.
Using the tips above to help reduce your blood sugar spike, you can get the digestive and all other benefits of smoothies, while minimising any potential issues (Finance folk know this as Reducing Downside Risk).
Finally, we hope we have answered the above question for you about fibre and it all makes complete sense.
So if you want to give your fibre a bit of an extra boost and keep your diet healthy and on track, why not throw a couple or three Super Cubes into your next blended smoothie.
While we're at it, if you want more fibre in your diet, you should try the berry digest smoothie cubes or the wake me up smoothie cubes because they have the most fibre in them out of the Super Cubes range.
You won’t be disappointed!