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What Are The Benefits Of Superfood Powders? Aside From Deliciousness!

May 17, 2018

 

To understand the benefits of superfood powders, let’s look at what superfoods are, how superfood powders are made, and what happens to fruits and vegetables’ nutrients during the powdering process. Let’s break this down!

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To understand the benefits of superfood powders, let’s look at what superfoods are, how superfood powders are made, and what happens to fruits and vegetables’ nutrients during the powdering process. Let’s break this down!


What are superfoods?

Superfood is a buzzword that the health industry is obsessed with — and rightly so! They’re nutrient-rich foods that support health and well-being. They are not fighting crime while the rest of Gotham lives in peace, but they are super in the fact that you are getting more nutrient-bang for your consumption buck. For example, the wild blueberry (a superfood) contains an ORAC score of 9,621 (which is high). So, for its weight, it’s jammed packed with antioxidants.

What is an Antioxidant?

We know that cars rust when metal reacts with oxygen, but if you cover it with a protective coating, that coating will stop the car from rusting. Antioxidants are like a protective coating for our bodies; as they work to protect your cells from the damage caused by air pollution, unhealthy diets and even the aging process. Research is starting to show how antioxidant-rich foods like broccoli, tea, berries and yes red wine too, may help prevent heart disease, cancer and other conditions that occur as we age.


How are fruits and vegetables turned into powders?

Foods are at their most nutrient-dense when they are allowed to ripen naturally and first picked, but then certain nutrients such as Vitamin C and B vitamins begin to decline over time. This is one of the reasons eating locally grown foods is better for you, than eating something that was picked too early so it would ripen during it’s long transportation from around the world to Canada.

Fruit and vegetable powders abide by a similar concept. Made from fresh fruits and vegetables shortly after they’re picked, the fresh fruits and veggies are dried and blended into a powder, before they can lose more of their nutrient value. (Click here if you would like to learn more about Progressive’s manufacturing process and how we work to go above and beyond even Health Canada’s quality and safety regulations for all of our products).

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What happens to nutrients when superfoods are turned into powders?

Astronauts love a nice re-hydrated meal. Well, maybe not love, but they definitely consume powdered food. Considering foods have been made into powders for many decades now, the drying process has become more refined in order to retain nutrients. By removing all the water from fruits and vegetables, the nutrient-dense powder remains and can conveniently be re-hydrated. We can all feel like astronauts :)

 

A multitude of superfood ingredients

VegeGreens and PhytoBerry are made from more than 80 superfoods and superfood extracts. You can check out all of the nutritious ingredients in VegeGreens and PhytoBerry. Ready to challenge yourself to have more diverse fruits and vegetables in your diet and supplement with their highly nutritious powders?

Try the 8-Week VegeGreens Challenge:

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1Dietitians of Canada. Antioxidants. Retrieved on March 22, 2018 from: https://www.dietitians.ca/Your-Health/Nutrition-A-Z/Antioxidants.aspx

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