Fats in Your Juice: Don’t Just Drink It, Absorb It!
Our good friend, Intuitive Nutritionist, Jeanette Sousa recently visited Farmacia Organic Juice Bar in Toronto where she connected with owner Steve Sanna. They made the video above to share their wisdom about the importance of fats in your juice.
Yes, you heard that right. Fats…in your juice.
Why do I need fat in my juice?
A lot of the nutrients in fresh juices are fat soluble. That means that they can only be absorbed and used properly if they’re combined with fats.
Health Coach Elizabeth Rider explains: “Certain nutrients, including vitamins A, K, E and D, and various minerals, are fat-soluble, meaning that fat must be present for your body to properly absorb them (another reason the whole low-fat/no-fat craze of the 1990’s caused such a sharp increase in obesity and other disease rates in North America.) This means it’s a good idea to always consume a little healthy fat either right before or with your green smoothie or juice.”
Without fats, you only absorb about 5% of the nutrients that you drink. Adding just a small amount of healthy fat boosts your absorption to around 65%.
That’s a huge increase for such a small adjustment and it will make a huge difference to your overall health if you make it a part of your daily routine.
Fats are good for you
Fat isn’t something you should be afraid of, despite what you may have heard. There are different kinds of fat and they have very different impacts on your body.
Robert Hannum, a juicing expert, wrote a quick breakdown for juicing.about.com to explain the difference: “For decades we’ve been told by health professionals to avoid fatty foods and that a low-fat diet is the key to weight loss and lowering cholesterol. Now our health care professionals are refining the message! Now we are learning that the type of fat is important. Bad fats such as trans fats and saturated fats lead to heart disease. Good fats such as monounsaturated fats, polyunsaturated fats and essential fatty acids protect us from heart disease!”
The fats that you eat (and drink) should be from a healthy source. You should focus on unsaturated fats, though a small amount of saturated fat from organic/grass-fed sources is also good for you.
Avocados are a great source of good fat and can easily be added to smoothies. It’s a bit thick for juice, though. Coconut oil is an excellent choice — it can be blended into smoothies for a tropical vibe. It hardens at just above room temperature, though, so adding it to cold juice can lead to lumps. Flaxseed oil is a popular favorite for adding to juice. It’s mild-tasting and loaded with essential omega–3 fatty acids.
To learn more about the Panaseeda Flax Oil Jeanette used in the video above, click here. It’s fresh, organic and loaded with health benefits!
How much fat do I need?
Are you worried that you won’t like the taste of your juice if you add fat to it? You don’t need to add very much.
In the video you’ll notice that Jeanette only added ½ a teaspoon of flax oil.
Writers for HappyJuicer.com agree that you only need a little: “Only a small dash is needed each day and the impact on the flavour of the juice may not be noticeable. If you find that the flavour of the oil containing juice puts you off then drink most of the juice and add the oil to the last few mouthfuls. You then get the most enjoyment out of the bulk of your great tasting juice.”
So, break out your juicer or stop in at your local juice bar and try your juice with a little fat in it.
You are what you absorb!
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