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Have You Had Your Fruit Today?

 

Smoothies first hit the market in the United States in the late 1960s. Health food stores were among the first to sell them. The primary market was health-conscious individuals. A fruit smoothie is a blended, cold, sweet beverage of milkshake-like consistency made from fresh or frozen fruit, fruit juices and other ingredients such as crushed ice, sweetener(s), milk, soy milk, frozen or regular yogurt, protein powder or powdered herbal supplements. Unlike slushy drinks, fruit smoothies have a milkshake-like consistency.

You may think that fruit smoothies are more nutritious than soda, and that is true. Depending on the ingredients in a smoothie, it can be a good source of vitamins, carbohydrates, protein and minerals, such as calcium. However, some varieties are based on fruit juices and frozen yogurt and may be very high in calories and sugars.

Because fruit smoothies usually contain some dairy and plenty of fruit, almost all are rich in vitamin C and calcium. Vitamin C is an important antioxidant nutrient that helps strengthen the immune system and is important for wound healing, building collagen and promoting healthy gums. One of the most important functions of calcium is in building and maintaining strong bones and teeth. Calcium also aids in muscle contraction and helps regulate blood pressure.