Should I be Using Green Powders?

Hey, Wildcat! This week we are talking about a super trendy supplement: Green Powders. Green powders have become increasingly popular, but what are they and should you be using them? Green powders are a mix of dried and powdered ingredients that may include vegetable and fruit powders, added vitamins and minerals, probiotics, digestive enzymes, and herbal supplements. Typically, the green powder is mixed into a full glass of water and taken on an empty stomach.

Various green powder brands claim that their product contains multiple servings of fruits or vegetables, decreases bloating, and improves digestion. However, there is limited research on green powders, and they have not been studied in a large enough population to make broad claims.

It is important to consider that green powders are considered a supplement and they are not regulated by the food and drug administration (FDA). This means the quality of the product is not required to meet certain standards. Without regulations from the FDA, it is uncertain how much of each ingredient you are getting in the green powders. When buying any kind of supplement, look for ones that are third-party tested for more legitimacy.

While greens powders are a fun and trendy way to add vitamins and minerals to our diet, they are not an adequate replacement for eating whole fruits and vegetables. They also come at a much higher cost than purchasing conventional produce. Because the fruits and vegetables in greens are dried and processed, they are missing important components like fiber, water, and some vitamins and minerals. Also, when we eat fruits and vegetables, they help us feel full for longer and promote an overall nutritious diet. Have you tried a greens powder? Let us know what you think about them in the comments!

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