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06:25 Jun 24, 2004
English to Chinese translations [PRO] Medical: Health Care
English term or phrase:smoothie
You buy: A smoothie.
You believe: Healthy afternoon pickup.
The hidden truth: At 500 to 600 calories, commercial smoothies are "a really high-calorie snack," says Eastwood. And don't count on one to boost your energy for long: "Your body will absorb all of the simple sugar in the fruit quickly and compensate with an insulin response, causing a lower blood-sugar level than you had before you drank the smoothie."
A better bet: Have whole fruit and a little peanut butter for a snack that digests more slowly. If you indulge in a smoothie, Eastwood recommends adding protein to allow more gradual absorption of the sugar.