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Powdered greens: The short cut to a nutritional diet?

By January 9, 2013health + fitness

Living life on-the-go? Most people are these days, which is why powdered greens, as opposed to fresh produce, have become so popular among health-conscious people with busy lives. Instead of the cleaning, chopping, and mixing that goes into a fresh kale salad, greens reduced to a powder can be prepared for consumption in as little time as it takes to tear open the packaging.

Some of the more popular green supplements include kale, wheatgrass, chlorella (green algae), and spirulina (a blue-green algae). These powders are usually added to smoothies and add taste, texture and additional nutrients that may be lacking in the average person’s regular diet. However, there are pros and cons to everything, right? So here’s a list of things to consider if you’re thinking about experimenting with green powders.

Powdered food is processed food

Even though it is true that a decent amount of both nutrients and fibers do remain in the green powders, some nutrients are always going to be lost when compared to whole, fresh greens.

Convenience comes with a cost

Although powdered green supplements may be a great solution for busy bodies who don’t have time in the day to put aside for fresh food preparation, buying packets of powder adds up in costs! A 6oz pack of fresh baby spinach may cost around $4.  A bottle of green powder? Expect to pay around $40, and sometimes more.

Nature knows best

Science has come a long way and synthetic food products have gotten good at mimicking the real deal. Man-made ingredients, however, are never going to be the real thing and can be more difficult for the body to process and digest. When shopping for powdered products, be sure that the ingredient list is both extract and synthetic free.

 

Dora Sobze is a PR executive, writer, and social media strategist by day — and freelance blogger by night. If you’re feeling crafty, hungry, stylish, or in need of natural hair tips, check out her blog latidoe.blogspot.com or  spinachblog.com for her latest spinach recipes. She’d love to chat with you on twitter! Follow her @la_ti_doe.