Green Foods Supplements: The Ugly Truth
If you search for “green foods” on Amazon, you will see something astonishing: over 70,000 results.
What does that mean? It means that thousands of companies out there are capitalizing on the increasing awareness of diet and health over the last couple of decades.
The same search 15 years ago would have had just a few results. And, let’s face it, they probably smelled (and tasted) like fish food.
But, they were healthy and real.
Now, I’m not saying that green foods supplements shouldn’t taste good – quite the contrary. What I’m pointing out is that the market has been saturated with low-quality, high-additives, and high-GMO products that are marketed to make a few bucks – NOT to improve your health!
In this article I’m going to teach you what to look for, and what to avoid when searching for a greens supplement (or any supplement for that matter).
Part One: Sweeteners
If we’re going to be real, the natural taste of powdered vegetables and nutrients leaves something to be desired. A pure, no-additives greens drink would taste something like grass mixed with broccoli – think fish food.
Naturally, then, one of the biggest challenges faced in developing a greens supplement that people will drink is developing the flavor. When considering a greens supplement, you want to make sure avoid products that have:
- Added sugar in any form (sugar, sucrose, fructose, or any of the other 50+ names)
- Sugar alcohols (erythritol, xylitol, sorbitol, or any other “-ol”)
Why? Because processed or added sugar has zero nutritional value and is essentially toxic for your body, and sugar alcohols are known to create digestive issues and cause many other health concerns.
On the other hand, there ARE sweeteners that do not raise your blood sugar and have no negative impact on your health, including:
- Monk fruit extract (Lo Han Guo)
Part Two: Honest Ingredients
Have you ever read a label and seen a large quantity of a “proprietary blend” instead of exact quantities of each ingredient? Like 2500MG of “Super Digestive Blend” or something similar?
Well, that’s a bad sign. While you might know what is in the blend, you have no idea how much of what ingredient is present – meaning it could be 99% composed of the cheapest ingredient with only 1% having real value.
Take a look at this as an example:
This label is from one of the top-selling green foods supplements on the market – and the truth is, you have no idea how much of what is in it.
When shopping for a green foods product, look for a label that lists out exactly how much of which ingredient is present. This will help you evaluate whether the supplement is right for you and make sure you are getting your money’s worth.
Part Three: GMO (yuck)
Another ploy used in the marketing of sub-par supplements is to overwhelm you with “benefits” while omitting the fact that many of the ingredients come from genetically-modified sources. If you see any ingredient based on corn, soy, or many others, then you are likely consuming genetically-modified ingredients (unless, of course, the product is certified non-GMO).
Part Four: Fillers
The last thing to watch out for is the ugly subject of fillers. Fillers are substances that are added to supplements as part of the manufacturing process to either stabilize the ingredients, avoid clumping, or simply bulk up the product to make it look better.
Not only do these fillers have zero nutritional value, but recent studies have demonstrated that many of them are actually toxic and can cause health issues.
Some of the top fillers to watch out for include:
- Stearic Acid
- Silicon dioxide
- Potassium sorbate
- Titanium dioxide
How YOU Can Put This Information to Work
Simply put, before you buy a green foods supplement, read the label. Educating yourself on what to look for and spotting the problems is the only way you can protect your health and make sure you are not getting ripped off.
Here at BodyManual, we design and produce supplements with complete transparency, honesty, and quality. What you read on the label is exactly what you get, and nothing is hidden – ever. Each ingredient is in the top tenth percentile as far as quality and bioavailability, is third-party tested, non-GMO, vegan, completely safe and totally effective.
Our Super Green Foods contains precise amounts of 20 of nature’s top superfoods, is sweetened naturally, and is free from additives and fillers.
And, guess what? The unique combination of ingredients and natural sweeteners makes it taste good!
Whether you buy from BodyManual or anyone else, the key takeaway is to:
1. Read the ingredients
2. Educate yourself on what they are
3. Avoid ingredients that are unhealthy or useless
4. Get products that honestly represent what’s in them
5. Get the ingredients your body needs