It’s the hottest new accessory – everyone seems to be carrying a bottle of fresh pressed bright green juice nowadays. Press it yourself, grab it to go from your grocery store, or pop into the new juice bar that has popped up near you.
A medium sized juice can contain a couple pounds of plant-based foods per bottle, so cold-pressed green juices are certainly nutritional powerhouses with loads of vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants. And because so many plants are concentrated in that little bottle – many people are smart to go organic to avoid a pesticide hit. So what could be a more perfect way to get more plant-based foods into our daily diets than a bottle of organic green juice? But what if I told you that you might as well as be dumping some of that $9 bottle of organic green juice right down the drain?
Now wait a second, don’t get me wrong – I love an energizing and delicious green juice as much as the next girl. But the thing is – a good amount of the vitamins in that bottle are the fat-soluble kind. You see, it is not what we eat (or drink), it is what we absorb. And in order to absorb fat soluble vitamins, there needs to be fat present. So if you are not consuming your green juice with a little bit of healthy fat, you might not be effectively absorbing all those wonderful nutrients that have been so carefully cold pressed into that bottle for you.
So what is a green-juice loving gal or guy to do? No, I am not suggesting that you give up your green juice habit. Just serve up a little healthy fat* on the side if you want to maximize your absorption of those vitamins. *Note: healthy fats (I am not suggesting a doughnut on the side!). You could soak some chia seeds in your juice, or toss back a handful of nuts with it. If you are juicing at home, you could put a teaspoon of avocado or medium chain coconut oil into it, or just take your daily fish oil supplement with it. A little bit of fat will go a long way to help you absorb those fat-soluble vitamins.
If you don’t have fat with your greens every single time – don’t worry – our bodies only need a small amount of the fat soluble vitamins, and they also store them in the liver for later use (unlike the water soluble vitamins that need to be replenished more frequently).
Just remember – healthy fat is your friend. In addition to helping us absorb vitamins, it stabilizes our blood sugar, helps to control hunger hormones, and much more. So go get your green juice on – just try to maximize it’s benefits with a little healthy fat whenever possible, your blood sugar will thank you later too!
Learn more about healthy fat in Sara’s eCourses. And get Sara’s green lemonade and some other superfood recipes in Sara’s free Cooking with Superfoods ebooklet (just remember to add your favorite form of fat)!
Article written by Nutritionist Sara Vance, author of the book The Perfect Metabolism Plan A regular guest on Fox 5 San Diego, you can see many of Sara’s segments on her media page. She also offers corporate nutrition, school programs, consultations, and affordable online eCourses. Download her free 40+ page Metabolism Jumpstart eBook here.
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