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Nowadays, there are lots of food supplements that are trendy because they claim to be superfoods. Green powders are one of the most popular ones, even though many people consume it without knowing exactly what it’s made of and which benefits it has. Here’s a guide of their ingredients and nutrition facts.
“Amazing Grass Green SuperFood Powder”, “Vibrant Health Vibrance”, “Ultimate Nutrition Vegetable Greens” and “Foods Chlorophyll” are some of the brands that you can find for green powder in drugstores and pharmacies. Before buying it, though, here are some facts you should learn and consider.
What’s green food powder made of?
Green powders are dietary supplements made of dried fruits and vegetables, such as kale and spinach, that have a considerable amount of nutrients like fiber. The most common ingredients include antioxidant-rich fruits such as blueberries, citrus bioflavonoids extracts, goji berries, moringa, pineapple, and raspberries. They also contain digestive enzymes such as astragalus root powder extract and burdock root powder, as well as extracts such as green tea, matcha, grape seed, and Ginkgo Biloba.
Green powders also include grasses, like alfalfa grass, barley grass, oat grass, and wheatgrass. Most green powders contain reishi mushroom extract, shiitake mushroom extract, prebiotics, probiotic bacteria, seaweeds, and/or natural sweeteners like stevia.
How are green powders made?
There are different drying techniques to reduce all these ingredients into powder, like air drying, spray drying, and freeze-drying. The last one is meant to better preserve the plant’s nutrients, as it works with very low temperatures, while hot drying can destroy some of the nutrients. Once they’re dried, all plants are converted into powder and then each lab combines them under its own formula.
How can you eat green powder?
As this supplement is a powder and many people don’t like how it tastes, it’s common to mix green powder with juice or a smoothie. Other people prefer to add it to their glass of milk or their protein shake. There are even those who just add a scoop to their water and take it as simply as that.
Which green powder is the best?
Greens powders contain high levels of vitamins and minerals associated with the maintenance of a healthy immune system. As there’s a wide range of ingredients in these bottles, be sure to ask your doctor which formula would be best for your organism and your lifestyle. If you’re pregnant or breastfeeding, avoid adding any supplements to your diet and stay stick to your nutritionist’s guidelines.
What are the benefits of these supplements?
Green powders aren’t magical. They’re just an ensemble of many plants, both fruits and vegetables. If you follow a healthy diet, they can help your immune system to detox, reduce the risk of developing chronic diseases, and improve your energy levels and mental clarity. However, take into consideration that a glass of water with a scoop of green powder doesn't replace real foods and vegetables.
Supplements don’t fix an unhealthy diet either. If you follow a fatty diet and you don’t have a meal routine -let’s say, you decide to go buy a burger at 2 am- nor healthy habits, there’s nothing that a nutritional powder can do for you. As a final word, be aware that taking some vitamins in excess can lead to health issues or may interact with certain medications, with worse consequences than benefits, so check your doses and if you have doubts don’t hesitate to ask your nutritionist!