There’s increasing awareness today about the health benefits of drinking superfood powders. Anyone who has been reading NaturalNews for very long knows that cruciferous vegetables prevent cancer, berries protect the nervous system and prevent heart disease, chlorella cleanses the liver and blood, curcumin prevents cancer and arthritis, cherries ease inflammation, pomegranates prevent prostate cancer, and so on. But many people who are new to superfood products are a bit put off by the intense tastes of the more potent powders (after all, they’re not sugared up like soda, and they contain no artificial sweeteners). Not surprisingly, I’m constantly being asked what’s available on the market that actually tastes good.
For this review, I’m sharing the details on the top seven superfood products that I’m familiar with. This is not an exhaustive review, and I apologize to any company that should be included on this list, but isn’t. (Send some product samples to my office and that will help me learn about your product for the next update!)
Also, this is not a review about protein powders such as the outstanding hemp protein products from Ruth’s Hemp Foods or Nutiva, or the LivingFuel Rx Super Greens product (www.LivingFuel.com). It’s also not about omega-3 superfood products such as Jon Barron’s “Private Reserve” product, which is quite remarkable in its own right, or the Active Greens product (http://www.activegreens.com) from the Organic Food Bar company, which is also outstanding. Instead, it’s about green superfood powders that provide concentrated forms of disease-fighting fruits, vegetables, microalgae, probiotics and sea vegetables.
Taste vs. Nutritional Density
General speaking, the better a superfood product tastes, the lower the nutritional density. Why is this? Because the most nutritionally dense superfoods — such as chlorella, spirulina, broccoli sprouts, etc. — often have very strong tastes that seem unusual to people used to drinking sugary beverages like sodas or processed fruit juices.
People who are new to superfoods should begin by drinking the better-tasting brands (see below) for at least 60 – 90 days. After they are used to those tastes, they can experiment with more nutritionally dense brands.
Over time, any person can become accustomed to even the most nutritionally dense superfoods. For example, the sharp taste of the I3C phytonutrients from broccoli seems very strange to new people, but after a few days of drinking broccoli juice or extracts, the tongue is desensitized to the taste, and what once seemed offensive can come to taste rather mild or even pleasant in a relatively short period of time. (Note that in junk food consumers, this taste desensitization effect works in a negative way by making people crave more and more sugar or salt in their foods because they’re no longer sensitive to such tastes. Then, when they taste something healthy, they can’t stand the taste!)
Here are the seven superfood products included in this review, presented in the order of their taste: From the best-tasting to the most potent-tasting. All of these powders are simply mixed with water and sweetened to taste using stevia, agave nectar, raw honey or other natural sweeteners. You may also want to experiment blending them with a banana, apple or pear, but remember that using such fruits greatly increases the insulin response to consuming those drinks. It’s healthier to stick to a low-glycemic superfood meal whenever possible (and for diabetics, it’s essential to avoid drinking sugars!).
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