Greens Powders – Worth the hype?

Greens powders that promise a wide range of health benefits seem to be popping up everywhere. So, what’s the deal with this new wellness “trend”? Let us break it down for you. Athletic Greens and other similar greens powders are supplements containing vegetable and fruit powders, probiotics, digestive enzymes, and supplemental vitamins and minerals. While this list seems incredible, there is no current research supporting these claims. In fact many of the ingredients are “proprietary blends” AKA, we don’t know what’s really in there. As always, we stand for real food first since nutrients are better absorbed by our bodies when consumed through food. If healthy eating is extremely difficult for you, supplementing with a greens powder could be a way to boost nutrients. However, greens powders should never replace foods! How do you know if a greens powder is right for you?  Keep reading below! 

Things to consider before buying any trendy greens powder:

  • Most greens powders are expensive! A one time purchase of Athletic Greens is $99. There are much cheaper ways to incorporate nutrient dense foods to support your immunity and wellbeing like eating a salad or making a smoothie!
  • Those with GI issues should avoid greens powders, as they could worsen bloating and discomfort.
  • Many greens powders market their antioxidant powers however, micronutrients are typically lost in food processing and while sitting on shelves.
  • Did you know one serving of Athletic Greens provides less fiber than one serving of most fruits and vegetables? 
  • Remember, the FDA does NOT regulate supplements! This could increase risk of potential contamination with heavy metals, like lead and arsenic.  

Easy ways to maximize antioxidant and nutrient consumption without greens powders:

  • Fill half of your plate with non-starchy veggies like lettuce, cucumber, peppers, and carrots
  • Eat 1-2 servings of fruit per day:  a serving equals one cup or one piece. 
  • Enjoy salmon or sardines at least twice a week 
  • Top your salad or toast with hulled hemp seeds (hello, omega 3’s!)
  • Add chia and flax seeds to your oatmeal or cereal
  • Stay hydrated – aim for ½ your body weight in ounces
  • Cut back on alcohol