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Everyone’s Talking About: Green Powders

Everyone’s Talking About: Green Powders

It seems it’s no longer enough to eat your veggies to get your greens. The hottest health trend are green powders that include concentrated doses of ingredients like spirulina, alfalfa, wheatgrass, chlorella and barley grass; even supermodel Elle McPherson has launched one recently.

The theory is that these blends, which you add to water, juice or smoothies, give a concentrated burst of nutrients and the plant pigment cholorophyll which is said to alkalise and oxygenate the body. It’s also claimed that they’re a good source of protein and B12 making them good for vegetarians.

Highly processed

Now, while some well produced products can deliver the above, the problem is, there are some products on the market that offer risks as well as benefits. Some are very highly processed and therefore contain fewer nutrients than you may hope for. Algae like spirulina can also produce contaminants called microcystins which can trigger problems like stomach upsets.

On top of these, because algae grows in open water there’s a risk of contamination from less health boosting ingredients, like heavy metals. In analysis, some powders have been found to contain higher than desired levels of heavy metals. A good green powder should be organic, it should state its exact ingredients and where they are harvested and, it should clearly state that it has been checked for contamination.

Algae like spirulina can also produce contaminants called microcystins which can trigger problems like stomach upsets. On top of these, because algae grows in open water there’s a risk of contamination from less health boosting ingredients, like heavy metals. In analysis, some powders have been found to contain higher than desired levels of heavy metals.

A good green powder should be organic, it should state its exact ingredients and where they are harvested and, it should clearly state that it has been checked for contamination.

Our feeling though is, why eat powder when you can eat greens? Try adding fresh wheatgrass or barleygrass juice to smoothies, juice blends or your morning Purition shake (both are easy to grow and require only a windowsill), add fresh organic sea vegetables or alfalfa to soups, salads or sushi or simply up your intake of dark green leafy vegetables like kale to get your green boost.

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This entry was posted on 7th August 2014 by Helen Foster.

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