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1) Is my smoothie bad for me because of the amount of sugar, even though it's mostly fruit sugars and not refined/processed sugar?
2) If I continue to drink this smoothie for breakfast will I become dependent on a sugar rush to get me going in the morning? I usually have the smoothie with a protein source like a small amount of cottage cheese or scrambled eggs because a trainer once told me I should eat protein in the morning.
i'm just wondering if i can get away with having this much sugar because it's sugar that occurs naturally in fruits rather than added sugar.
I would also try to make a smaller portion--that is a lot of fruit all at once.
That said, it is still a heck of a lot better than a couple of pop-tarts. The blood sugar effect aside, I think sugar coming from fruit (along with vitamins and fiber, etc) is much better for you than straight cane sugar.
It also depends what's your having for the rest of the day. If that's all the fruit you're getting for the day, that's fine, but I'd rather spread out my fruit.
Maybe have a banana, oat and honey smoothie one day, then a berry smoothie the next, with some added wheatgerm - variety.
If you want protein in the morning you can try protein powder (I wouldn't... personal thing) or some smoothies even have eggs in them!!
Maybe have a smoothie every second day.
I wish I could add stuff like oats or wheatgerm but that's not possible at the dining hall. Besides I would feel bad putting extra stuff in when I'm constantly terrified that someone's going to add something I'm allergic to in the blender before me (like peanut butter or something). I don't want to have a double standard. :)
I thought about getting some protein powder but I'm having trouble finding one I'm not allergic to. I think for now I'll have the smoothie only a couple of times a week and mix other breakfast foods into my diet. I don't want to be dependent on sugar rushes in the morning. Fortunately I'm not at that point!
1) this smoothie is not bad for you because of the amount of sugar. Remember sugar is a carbohydrate and all fruits and veggies have sugar in them..that's why they are so sweet and delicious..This smoothie provides you with lots of nutrients and phytochemicals that are important!
2) No, i don't think you will become dependent on sugar. But if you want to make sure you don't and aren't. After an hour, test how you feel. Are you sluggish? If you skip a day, do you feel tired and like your muscles are exausted? But sometimes, try to change your breakfast. For example, oatmeal.
Otherwise, this smoothie sure sounds delicious!
I really don't think you should worry about it. As long as you are exercising and don't have a sedentary life stile you should be fine. Fructose is a slow burning source of sugar. So you can't get the sugar rush. On the other hand it's not that bad to get a buzz in the morning. I do weight lifting and cardio each morning from Monday to Friday and in the morning I drink coffee to get me energized through the day.
You need sugar to operate properly.