Greens powders are one of the latest nutritional supplement crazes that have really taken off. What doesn’t sound enticing about conveniently mixing a couple of spoons to water, juice or a smoothie, and getting a massive hit of nutrients? But just because they are green, doesn’t mean you should rush forward and grab the first one you see. When shopping for your greens powders there are a few things you should know first.
Greens powders are made up of a refined variety of different vegetables, fruits and herbs and also sometimes spice extracts, proteins and probiotics. Not all are the same though so it is important that you check exactly what is in your greens before you buy them.
Some of the more common ingredients include:
- Wheat grass
- Alfalfa grass
- Barley grass
If you have severe gluten intolerance, then it is commonly advised that you should be cautious about consuming greens powders that contain barley grass as some gluten contamination is possible. Some greens powders have also been shown to contain high levels of arsenic and aerobic bacteria. So it is a good idea to thoroughly research the different brands before you decide on one.
It is also always important not to exceed the recommended doses. Even though they advertise as veggies in a powder, they are still supplements. Everything you put into your body will have an effect. When misused greens powders can disrupt your insulin balance and even threaten your future muscle gains.
Another thing to bear in mind is that even though greens powders can give your body an extra kick of nutrients needed for energy, burning fat, building muscle and optimal health; they should not replace the other fresh greens you enjoy in your diet. Because if it is a choice between the two, fresh is always best!