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are greens powders all hype?

Updated: Feb 28, 2023


You have probably heard of green powders. You know, those weird powdery concoctions that claim to be packed with all sorts of "superfoods" and other mysterious ingredients? As someone who loves exploring the world of nutrition and health products, they can seem quite intriguing… But are these pricey little packets worth it?


examining the facts...

To answer this question, we need to take a closer look at what exactly is in them—and if there isn't anything special about their contents compared to regular fruits & veggies. Green Powders typically contain dehydrated versions of everyday superfoods such as spirulina (a type of blue-green algae), wheatgrass juice extract, and chlorella, plus some additional plant extracts from things like spinach leaves or kale stems.


While each product may vary slightly on its exact list depending on brand/labeling standards, most blends will include some combination and added vitamins/minerals and sometimes probiotics!



So now let's dive into why buying an expensive packet full of powder might not always make sense.


Nutritious?

The nutrient content per serving usually doesn't differ much from eating fresh produce — meaning even though one scoop could provide your daily allowance of vitamin C, you could just eat an orange instead.


When vegetables get dried out while processing, certain nutrients become less bioavailable, making them hard for our bodies to absorb anyway. So again, no real advantage here either.



Tasty?

Last but certainly not least real food will always taste better than any supplement created! This is just my opinion here but if you have tried a powdered suppulment that tastes better than real food I would love to try it because I'm pretty sure that's not a real thing.


worth the convenience?

Greens Powders are undoubtedly convenient; however, whether it is a worthwhile investment depends on your circumstances since everyone has different nutritional requirements, needs, and overall lifestyle habits. I personally suggest that you get your vitamins and "greens" from whole food sources by adding a variety of fruits and veggies to your meals. Lastly, please research the brand you buy before supplementing if you choose to go the powder route. Through testing, scientists have found that many powdered supplements, especially organic ones, have trace amounts of lead, cadmium, and mercury.


Stay safe and strong,

Coach Rachael



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