Okay, I will admit a concoction of green juice looks — to me —- like vomit. Utterly gross, so why am I going to drink that? Green juices are wildly popular. It seems like everyone is ‘juicing’ now whether it be a juice cleanse or at a juice bar or a supplement at home. My local Whole Foods Market has a whole wall dedicated to green juice mixes. So, what is so great about these juices? What are their benefits and what do they taste like? I had to find out. First, I did a taste test. I tried two different types of juices from a company called Amazing Grass. I tried their energy line – Amazing Grass Watermelon and Amazing Grass Lemon Lime. (www.amazinggrass.com) Amazing Grass labels their line as green superfood. This is what the website has to say: “Get your daily dose of nutritious whole greens with Amazing Grass Green SuperFoods. Every serving is chock full of all of the necessary vitamins and minerals you and your family need. Plus it tastes great! Add our superfoods to any beverage for an energizing start to your day.” Well, they were right. It did taste great! I mixed the watermelon with lemonade and the lemon-lime with orange juice. Each powder did turn the juice a freakish Frankenstein green, but it tasted ‘amazing’ (no pun intended.)
So, it tastes good, but why should I drink one. I did a little research. Here is what I learned. Green Superfoods are a category of phytonutrient-rich nutritional products derived from green plants, algae and cereal grasses. These green foods naturally contain high concentrations of chlorophyll and are harvested seasonally to take advantage of high potencies of naturally occurring nutrients. These Superfoods also contain phytochemicals that protect the body against many degenerative diseases such as cancer and cardiovascular disease. Chlorophyll, beta-carotene in the plankton, and genistein and daidzein in the soy sprouts are four of the most powerful anticancer phytochemicals discovered. In fact, there is not a degenerative disease that can not be prevented through the increased consumption of these foods. Cereal grasses are the only foods in the vegetable kingdom that, even if consumed alone, enable animals to continually maintain weight, strength, and optimal health. Grasses are considered to be at, or near, the base of the terrestrial food chain. The powers of the sun that are trapped in its blades produce rich amounts of chlorophyll and other green photosynthetic pigments.
The grasses, known today as green superfoods, supply many nutritional factors that even now scientists cannot duplicate in a vitamin or mineral pill. Grass is perhaps the most nutrient-dense food on this green earth, richer in nutrients than spinach, broccoli, eggs and chicken in virtually all categories including protein, calcium, iron, magnesium, phosphorous, potassium, zinc, copper, manganese, vitamin C, thiamin, riboflavin, niacin, vitamin B6, folic acid, vitamin B12, carotenoids, and vitamin E. They abound in unidentified growth factors, powerful antioxidants, immune boosters, and many other health supporting nutrients.
In some cases, a green superfood is not only considered a source of nutrition but also a means of treating various types of health conditions. One of the distinguishing characteristics that many examples of green superfood share is that the foods are not considered traditional fare in many Western cultures. For example, several types of seaweed are considered to be highly nutritious, but are rarely served outside of ethnic selections such as Korean or Thai cuisine. Barley grass and wheat grass are also two popular natural foods that are considered to be green superfoods. Often, the liquid from both types of grass is extracted in order to create the base for a highly nutritious drink. Because of the high content of vitamins and minerals, the juice can be used to help correct imbalances in the diet, especially for people who do not take the time to eat properly. Organic superfood options like these two grasses can also help to provide a burst of energy without relying on added sugar and carbohydrates, making them an ideal source of nutrition for people with blood sugar problems.
In sum, Green juice…
1.Detoxifies the body – It’s very cleansing and assists in the removal of toxins that people absorb everyday;
2.Fosters healthy weight loss;
3. Helps to alkalize the body (This is important as many diseases thrive in acidic conditions);
4. Strengthens your immune system;
5. Gives you more energy (because juicing reduces the energy your body needs to digest foods).
So, I will get over the gross vomit looking beverage I am consuming and enjoy the great taste and health benefits of a green juice. Some research I found suggested that a green juice should be had by everybody everyday. I may not go that far, but I certainly will add green juice to my regular diet.
*All views expressed in this blog post are my sole opinion. Further, I have not been asked or endorsed in any manner.*