Should You Be Using A Greens Powder?
In an ideal world, we’d all live around the block from a very affordable juice and smoothie bar where we could get our daily dose of greens—that or we’d have a personal chef making us marvelous kale salads. In reality, most of us are swamped with work and the demands of family life, leaving little time for us to create our own green drinks and meals as often as we’d like. While stopping at a juice bar may be an option for some, this can also take time, and the cost of fresh juice adds up quickly.
For many of us, taking a greens supplement may be the quickest, most cost-effective way to get our greens when we're on the go. But is juice made from greens powder as good as fresh juice? Here’s how they compare.
A good greens powder often contains a greater variety of greens than your average green juice.
On the flip side, enzymes are likely better preserved in fresh juice, so it’s possible that the nutrients in fresh juice are more bioavailable. (Look for a greens powder that contains naturally occurring enzymes.)
Many green juices contain fruits, which can increase their sugar and calorie content while most greens powders contain little to no sugar.
What about taste? Nothing compares to something freshly made, but the flavor of a green juice made from powder may be improved with a few drops of stevia and a squeeze of fresh lemon.
Make sure you buy a greens powder that’s mostly organic, low-heat processed, and free of fillers like lecithin, fibers, whole grasses, pectin, rice bran, and flax. Try Athletic Greens, which contains 75 superfood ingredients, including digestive enzymes, prebiotics, probiotics, and adaptogens.
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