No more smoothies, says Ayurveda

Smoothies are a hot favorite drink among most people, especially children. Its taste is so appealing that you want to have it again and again.  It is important to note that Ayurveda is not against smoothies as a whole, rather, it’s only against certain types of smoothies that do not meet the requirements of Ayurvedic principles. Here’s why Ayurveda says ‘NO’ to this super drink.

Incompatible in nature: It is learnt that the ingredients used in the most common smoothie preparations are incompatible with each other and hence these are not easily digested in the body. This can, in turn, lead to health disorders like constipation.

Cold foods lead to indigestion: Another reason why smoothies are not accepted by Ayurveda is that the ingredients used to make them are mostly cold or frozen. According to Ayurveda, cold foods hamper digestion and the digestive system. The undigested food remain in the intestine for a long time resulting in health problems. This, in turn,  affects the Agni (digestive fire) leading to indigestion.

Smoothies contain synthetic chemicals: It is understood that synthetic chemicals manufactured in factories are added to smoothies to enhance their taste as well as shelf life. This is unacceptable in Ayurveda. Ayurveda says that the safety and effectiveness of the artificial or factory- produced health supplements used in most smoothie preparations are not proved as yet. Ayurveda agrees to adding natural food supplements like protein powder to smoothies to make it more healthy, nutritious and potent.  Ayurveda also does not vouch for the health benefits of mass factory- produced foods.

Uncooked foods hamper digestion: It is understood that most smoothies use raw vegetables that can lead to a lot of health issues. Though most vegetables can be had raw, there are another group of these vegetables that are hard to digest in their raw form. These undigested food in the stomach can later lead to breeding grounds for parasites. Also, the toxins and indigestible fiber in raw vegetables can do a lot of harm to one’s body.

Too much nutrients: Just like nutritional deficiency, excess nutrients can also lead to health issues. It is often learnt that a lot of nutrients are blended into smoothies making them very heavy for the stomach to digest. In such a case, the body tends to flush out the excess nutrients and the nutrients that remain may also cause imbalances in the body.

Thus, Ayurveda recommends only certain smoothies as healthy and this mainly depends on the compatible food items used for preparing these drinks. Ayurveda also advises that frozen food items should be brought down to room temperature before being used to prepare the smoothies. Also, vegetables should be cooked before being used in smoothies. To know more about what kind of smoothie one should have it is always advisable to consult an Ayurveda doctor.


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