Green smoothies, a recent addition to the diet of many health conscious people is not all its cracked up to be. This green health drink is usually a blend of fresh fruit and salad greens or other vegetables and has been gaining popularity especially among raw food advocates. But people with a more liberal diet love them too; they’re often used as part of a spring cleanse and they can be a quick way to get your greens, kind of like a salad on the go. While the morning green smoothie might be a better alternative to a coffee, fans of this drink, should be aware that it has certain health drawbacks.
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According to Chinese medicine, which dates back 5,000 years or so, too many raw fruits and vegetables can harm the digestive system. This basic health principal is actually documented here. Ingesting too many smoothies, salads and fresh fruit often leads to bloating, cramping, gas and loose stools. If symptoms like this continue for a long period of time, other health problems like fatigue, lethargy, allergies and difficulty concentrating can set in.
So if you’re experiencing any of these symptoms, or if you want to prevent any future problems with your digestion, lay off the smoothies and lightly cook your vegetables to give your digestive system a break.
Raw food purists argue that cooking denatures the nutritional value of food and even destroys digestive enzymes. But if your digestion is at all weak, all those great digestive enzymes from raw food will pass through the body unabsorbed anyway.