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Smoothie Boosters - or Busters?


Smoothie Boosters

Rich in omega-3s, powerful fatty acids that strengthen immunity and promote heart and artery health; add 1-2 tablespoons (per tablespoon: 34 calories, 3.5 g fat, 2 g carbs, 2 g protein, 2 g fiber).

Wheat germ
Excellent source of fiber, folate and the antioxidant vitamin E; top smoothie with 1-2 tablespoons (per tablespoon: 25 calories, 0.5 g fat, 3 g carbs, 2 g protein, 1 g fiber).

Nonfat dry milk powder
Excellent source of fat-free, high-quality protein; add 2-4 tablespoons (per tablespoon: 15 calories, 0 g fat, 2 g carbs, 2 g protein, 0 g fiber).

Light or nonfat soy milk
Rich in iso-flavones that help build bone mass, reduce heart-disease risk, may impede malignant tumor growth and reduce hot flashes in menopausal women; replace milk or yogurt with soy milk (per cup: 110 calories, 2 g fat, 20 g carbs, 3 g protein, 0 g fiber).

Powdered acidophilus
Helps maintain the balance of intestinal "flora," which promotes healthy bacteria that fight "bad" bacteria in the gut. The powder form provides a much higher concentration of the desired organisms than yogurt or acidophilus milk. Always follow label recommendations.

Smoothie Busters

No proof to the claims of improved memory and reduced risk of atherosclerosis and Alzheimer's disease; a balanced diet provides all the lecithin we need.

Bee pollen
Not the "good source of B vitamins" it's hyped to be.

Chromium picolinate
There's no evidence that this supplement aids weight loss, stabilizes blood sugar, treats hypoglycemia, lowers cholesterol or improves blood fats.

Royal jelly
Touted as a concentrated protein and mineral source -- but there's no need for this pricey bee product in human diets.

Spirulina and/or chlorella (freshwater algae)
As a supposed source of protein and trace minerals, it's expensive and unnecessary.