Is tipping back a hit of juice better for your body than a blended cold-pressed beverage?
In a word, sometimes. A shot acts like a medicinal tonic — a potent dose of nutrients in a tiny cup. “Straight shots are great because they're a pure and direct delivery of the benefits of the food without the added sugars that can be found in blended juices,” says Dr. Frank Lipman, Integrative & Functional Medicine Physician and founder of Eleven Eleven Wellness Centerin Manhattan. “When a juice is blended, it’s usually designed to be more palatable by adding in high quantities of sweet juice and that can become a problem because people end up really loading up on concentrated sugars, which can lead to weight gain.” This is an issue particularly if you tend to add blended juice drinks to your regular diet, increasing caloric load. Not so with a shot. And while shots may not always be as tasty going down, the benefits are certainly sweet. Here, a few of the heavy hitters: