Answering this question for you 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 that your must eat your fibre.
You probably know where to get fibre and what foods to eat to get fibre, but do you really know what it 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 your 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
As you can see from the benefits above, fibre is a great addition to everyones diet.
Soluble or insoluble fibre?
This is the question that's asked constantly.
This is because there's 2 main types of fibre available for you.
These are soluble and insoluble and each type of fibre has their own uses and benefits too.
Here’s a quick rundown for you on soluble and insoluble fibre.
Soluble fibre is responsible for slowing the movement of food through the digestive tract.
It also plays its part feeding your gut bacteria, which in turn helps with lowering cholesterol and regulating blood sugar.
Some of the top fruits with the most soluble fibre include avocado (yes, they're classed a fruit), pears, apricots, nectarines, apples and guavas.
Insoluble is the bulking fibre of the different fibres.
So it helps with speeding up transit time and making it easier for you to do a number 2 for want of a better phrase.
The top insoluble fibre fruits are the ones we've listed above (they contain soluble and insoluble fibre).
You can add banana's and berries to the fruit that has insoluble fibre list.
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Blending and fibre
Putting it bluntly while answering the question for you about smoothies, fruit and fibre.
The overall amount of fibre does not change if you eat your fruit or throw it in a blender and then drink it.
It's the composition of the fibre that changes when you blend.
So what does this all mean?
By changing the structure of the fibre, blending makes fruits easier to digest.
This means you require less energy from your body break down and assimilate the nutrients from the food.
This means liquid foods are easier for our body to digest, thereby causing nutrients to enter our bloodstream much quicker.
There is a downside to this 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, rest assured, you can still enjoy your smoothies when and where you need them.
What about juicing?
Does juicing have the same outcome for you in regards to fibre?
The juicing process removes the pulp from your fruit and vegetables.
This isn't ideal because the pulp contains all of the insoluble fibre and some of the soluble fibre.
In short for you, juicing only keeps part of the soluble fibre.
But, like blending, juicing also reduces the energy that’s needed for digestion and assimilation.
Blending it all together for you
We can see that the amount of fibre in your smoothie is the same as in your untouched whole fruit.
But remember this isn’t the whole story.
We must remember the composition of your fibre is also important.
By 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.
We hope we have answered the above fibre question for you 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.
You certainly won’t be disappointed using these as your smoothie base!