How to Choose the Best Organic Greens Powder

They come in all shades of green: organic greens powders are as popular as organic green juices. It’s not surprising: an organic greens powder can deliver a host of nutrients in a small spoonful. They’re portable, take up way less room in the fridge than bunches and bunches of fresh greens, and they can last a lot longer.

But choosing organic greens powder can be difficult: do you want wheatgrass or oatgrass? Or how about spirulina? Or powdered spinach?

What separates the good from the great, the nutrient-rich from the trendy? 

Just like not all green foods are created equal, neither are green powders. But one rule of thumb generally exists: you’re better off with greens than without. Still, that doesn’t exactly make combing through the options simple.

Some green powders are better for detoxification, such as wheatgrass, alfalfa and chlorella. Some are better for energy: spirulina, oat grass, powdered leafy greens like spinach or kale. Some do double duty: wheatgrass, for example, is a potent detoxifier, but it can also boost energy for some people. And all are abundant in key vitamins, minerals and antioxidants.

Keep in mind that as potent and healthy as green powders are that word 'organic' really matters. Organically produced green powders are free from harmful pesticides and herbicides, which are the last thing you want in a food that’s supposed to help you detox or give you energy! Those chemicals won’t negate the vitamin and mineral content of a food (although science is split on that), but you can do your body (and the farmers who grew your greens) a huge favor in sticking with organic.

 Also keep in mind the quality of the greens. Mixes and blends can be a great way to get multiple greens into your body (we sell a blend called mustHave greens), but beware of added sugars and fillers, which can sneak into ingredients lists along with the greens.

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