Why Your Pre-Workout Smoothie Could Be A Bad Idea (Health Digest)

Posted: Nov 20, 2023 in In the News

This article originally appeared in Health Digest on November 20, 2023.


Why Your Pre-Workout Smoothie Could Be A Bad Idea

By Beth Bradford


While fiber is an important part of a healthy diet, it won't sit well in your digestive system if you plan a hard workout. According to the American Council on Exercise, high-fiber fruits and vegetables in your smoothie might be better as a snack a little later. Although a medium banana has 3 grams of fiber, you can include one in your pre-workout smoothie. Healthy fats make a smoothie feel more filling, but ACE says to avoid too much fat in a pre-workout smoothie because it takes much longer for your body to convert that fat to energy.

The Mayo Clinic suggests avoiding too many calories before a workout. Even if you can burn 600 calories during your spin class, some pre-made smoothies can be high in calories and sugar. For example, Naked Superfood Machine has 270 calories and a whopping 54 grams of sugar. Meanwhile, Smoothie King's MangoFest smoothie has 300 calories and 66 grams of sugar.


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