This Common Berry Smoothie Ingredient May Be Robbing You Of Important Nutrients, New Research Suggests

Woman making berry smoothie with stick blender

Berry smoothies are a great way to start your day. Strawberries, blueberries and other members of the berry family are packed to the brim with healthy nutrients such as flavanols. But new research suggests that if you use some common smoothie ingredients alongside them, you may have been unknowingly depriving yourself of all the benefits on offer. 

A new study published in the Royal Society of Chemistry’s journal Food And Function by researchers at the University of California suggests that using ingredients which contain polyphenol oxidase—an enzyme commonly found in fresh produce that is responsible for turning some fruits and vegetables brown when you slice them—can significantly limit the absorption of flavanols in the body. 

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