What is it about smoothies that make them great? While smoothies can easily become unhealthy with the wrong ingredients, with the right ones they have a lot of benefits. In this chapter, I break down why smoothies are effective at reducing your risk for cancer, and why they’re a great food choice for people going through cancer treatment. I also go over a number of the best anti-cancer ingredients for smoothies and the research that shows why.
Why smoothies are good for cancer prevention
When it comes to doing everything you can to stay healthy and prevent cancer, why drink smoothies? There are three reasons: they’re a great way to get in fruit and veggies; they’re a source of nutrients; and they’re easy and customizable.
Get more fruits and vegetables
Studies show that a diet rich in fresh fruit and vegetables lowers your risk for cancer. It can be very hard to get in the right amount, however, especially vegetables. Smoothies are a great way to eat more and even mask certain ingredients you aren’t too fond of, like dark leafy greens.
Get essential nutrients
The staples of smoothies – fruits and vegetables – are packed with nutrients shown to lower one’s risk for cancer. Fiber is an especially important one. Lots of fruits and veggies are high in antioxidants, as well, which have been shown to reduce inflammation, inhibit cancerous cell growth, and more. In smoothie form, you can get these nutrients all at once, and don’t have to figure out ways to make a plate of spinach taste good.
Smoothies are easy to make and easy to tweak
To make a smoothie, you just pour a liquid like water, milk, or juice into a blender and add the rest of the ingredients. With a good blender, blending is fast and produces consistent results. It’s the perfect breakfast or snack when you’re busy and need something nutritious. Smoothies are also extremely adaptable, and you can switch out fruits, vegetables, and other add-ins like chia seeds to make endless combinations. It’s hard to get bored with smoothies when you’re tweaking flavors, so you can keep good cancer-fighting nutrition in your life for the long-term.