For smoothie lovers, the current GMO concerns have made homemade smoothies a better option than the premade ones sold in supermarkets and other stores. This is because, with premade smoothies, you don’t really know the quality and safety of the ingredients used to prepare them. It is for this reason that homemade smoothies are best advised for those that wish to maintain the integrity of what their drinks.
So are you GMO conscious? Here is a guide on how to choose the best ingredients for smoothie are free from GMOs.
Why drink smoothies
Smoothies are beneficial to our general health and wellbeing. Firstly, they help to increase your vegetable and fruit intake. We all know that vegetables can be hard to consume daily, but with smoothies, you can eat even your most dreaded vegetable in a whole different flavor. Furthermore, eating vegetables and fruits helps to improve your immune system.
Secondly, smoothies are great for weight loss. Regular consumption of healthy smoothies can help you lose weight naturally and in a more healthy way. For the best weight loss results, you can try substituting one meal, i.e., lunch with a glass of a well-balanced smoothie.
Thirdly, smoothies increase your energy. It has been proven that people who consume all natural smoothies have more energy than those that don’t; this is because smoothies deliver more nutrients and in large amounts which boost your energy levels thus allowing you to go about your routines without feeling fatigued or anything of the sort.
Fourthly, smoothies will increase your fiber absorption. Smoothies especially green smoothies are naturally high in fiber. This is because you are using whole green vegetables and not just extracting its juices.
Fifthly, the chlorophyll present in green vegetables is known to be an immune booster. It will help rejuvenate your body as well purify your blood.
Last but not least, smoothies will help reduce your cravings. Smoothies make you full quickly and for more extended periods than junk food and unhealthy snacks. What’s more is that they are rich in essential nutrients, i.e., vitamins and mineral thus making you feel satiated after consuming a glass of smoothie.
Concerns about GMO laden smoothie ingredients
Although the full impact of GMOs is yet to be determined, there are general health and environmental concerns relating to production and consumption of these foods. Also, activists are concerned about how GMOs are violating several farmers’ and consumer rights.
How to choose the best organic smoothie ingredients
When shopping for smoothie ingredients, it can be difficult to distinguish between GMO and non-GMO ingredients. This is because most of them are not labeled to show if they are GMO laden or not. As such, if you are a staunch organic eater, you need to be careful with the type of fruits and vegetables you pick for your smoothies
Here are tips to help you avoid GMOs when shopping for smoothie ingredients;
- Learn to source your fruits and vegetables from markets that source them locally. As a matter of fact, you can hook up with a trusted fresh produce seller (you can find them in any farmers market in your city or town) so that he/she can source fresh fruits and vegetables for you.
- When shopping, always avoid high-risk products that are likely to be genetically engineered. Instead, opt for certified organic products or go for the low-risk GMO alternatives like pineapples, avocados, mangoes, peas, asparagus, cabbage, grapefruit, watermelon, kiwi, and eggplant.
- Always read the labels to ensure that the fruits and vegetables you are buying are non-GMO verified. If you are not sure about this, you can download and install the Non-GMO shopping guide app on your phone to help you know if your food is GMO laden or not.
- The best way to avoid GMOs and to be sure of what’s in your smoothies is to plant an organic garden. You can grow spinach, cauliflower, potatoes, zucchini, collard greens, etc. and enjoy a variety of smoothie flavors with ingredients from your garden.
Summarily, smoothies are a great addition to any diet regardless of your diet affiliation, i.e., vegan, organic, etc. It is even better if you consider making your smoothies at home. But for this, you have to ensure that the ingredients you use are healthy and safe for your consumption? Do not consume what you don’t know as the repercussion on your health might be severe. The bottom line is, be aware of what you eat. As for GMOs, be careful with where and from whom you source your fruits and vegetables from.