Here’s why these health-nourishing superfood powders deserve all the hype.
You’ve seen them almost everywhere: in your fitness buff friend’s gym bag, an athlete’s list of must-haves, and in your favorite vegan food stores. There’s no stopping health-conscious individuals from adding plant-based superfood powders to their pantry. Apart from being so easy to use and incorporate into drinks and food, most of them also promise to improve nutrition, energy levels, and immunity. While there’s no question that vegetables are good for your body, do vegetables in powdered form really offer the same and provide optimum levels of essential vitamins and minerals?
Vegetables are a powerhouse of nutrients that are vital to keep your body healthy. They are important sources of many nutrients like vitamins A and C, folate or folic acid, dietary fiber, and potassium that can help protect the body from certain infections and lower the risk of certain chronic diseases and even some types of cancer.
However, the new circumstances have made it more challenging to add vegetables to your meals. Even if you buy vegetables in bulk, storing them is another hurdle you need to get through especially if you have a small kitchen and preparing them can be time-consuming for busy bees. Instead of foregoing vegetables altogether and resorting to unhealthy yet convenient food choices, give superfood powders a try. They’re a win-win option for those who want to boost their nutrition in an incredibly easy way.
Superfood powders are mostly made by drying and grinding produce into powder. Others also juice the ingredients, then dehydrate or extract certain components of the whole food. The goal really is to make sure that the key ingredients of these plant-based powders must be minimally processed to keep their life-nourishing phytoactives and nutrients intact by just slightly altering the produce for preservation. But in essence, plant powders are just like your veggies but in ready-to-mix powder form so you can easily blend them into your diet and lifestyle.
To illustrate that plant-based powders are as nutritious as real vegetables, a study reported that the subjects who took a fruit and vegetable powder mix daily for 90 days registered reduced blood pressure. In another study, it showed that those who took two tablespoons or 10 grams of greens powder daily reported lowered blood levels of oxidatively damaged proteins by 30% to help increase the body’s capabilities to fight cancer and chronic diseases. A separate study has also proven that powdered pea protein benefits those who want to build muscle mass, noting that it’s as effective as dairy-based protein supplements.
In some cases, superfood powders are also fortified with higher doses of vitamins and minerals or packed with certain amounts of the key ingredients to correct a deficiency or meet the minimum dietary requirements. For example, spinach benefits many aspects of our health like promoting good vision and helping build strong bones. But to reap all its nutrients, it’s recommended that you eat a bowl of spinach daily. Aside from preparing fresh spinach, you can also achieve this by taking it in powder form mixed with or sprinkled over a favorite drink or dish to provide you the phytonutrients you need in just a scoop.
The current high demand for superfood powders is definitely not only another health fad. In fact, it has only further emphasized the importance of nature in achieving overall wellness. And in times when access to nature and fresh produce is limited, nutrient-dense and functional plant powders truly deserve a spot in your kitchen.
- https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/super-greens#nutrition https://www.hsph.harvard.edu/nutritionsource/processed-foods/