When is a green food a superfood?
By Jordan Rubin
There is a class of foods known as green superfoods and one of the premier members of this food group are young cereal grasses. These are among the most nutritionally dense and superior foods on the planet. While we often eat the fruit of these grasses (called grain), we seldom consume the young cereal grass itself. And that is a huge mistake.
The key to understanding cereal grasses and their nutritive value is to understand the growth process. Consider wheat grass. As a young plant, wheat grass is soaking up all of the nutrition that the sun and soil can offer. In order for the grass to bear fruit (grain) it must take in and create a lot of nutrients.
Prior to becoming a grain, cereal grass is at its nutritional peak. It is at this point that we should be consuming the cereal grass. Instead, we often consume the grain of the cereal grass-like wheat, barley or oats. It’s not that the grain is bad. The point is that the grass is much, much better.
As proof consider this. Cereal grasses are so nutrient dense, there are many animals that consume a diet consisting solely of cereal grasses, and are able to maintain their weight, strength and vibrant health. The cereal grasses provide them with all the life-giving nutrients they need to build lean, healthy bodies. While we cannot live entirely off of a cereal grass, it doesn’t mean that we should deprive ourselves of the benefits of this superfood.
Garden of Life’s Perfect Food contains 5000mg per serving of a combination of wheat, barley, oat and alfalfa grass in a concentrated juice form that is low-temperature dried into a powder in order to preserve the enzymes and antioxidants. The difference between a grass juice powder and a grass powder is enormous. Most green superfood products contain whole cereal grasses which do contain nutrients, but these nutrients are tightly bound to the fiber and difficult for humans to assimilate.
Garden of Life Perfect Food contains cereal grass juices that are highly absorbable and give you power-packed nutrition that cannot be simply measured by the number of calories it provides. In fact, grass juice powders can be as much as 6 times as concentrated as the whole cereal grass used in most green food products. It takes around 15kg of fresh cereal grass to make half a kilo of grass juice powder (this is the raw material used in Perfect Food). But it takes only 3kg of fresh cereal grass to make whole cereal grass dried powder. When you combine the cereal grass juices with the other ingredients in Perfect Food, then there are over 8000mg of greens per serving, making Garden of Life Perfect Food the greenest green superfood available.
Yes, Garden of Life Perfect Food has less probiotics than some of its competitors – for good reason. The enzyme-rich, juiced nutrients in Perfect Food are easily absorbed by the body because the fibre has been removed. Large amounts of probiotics are simply unnecessary.
A good way to be sure that your green superfood is highly green and nutritious is to look for Vitamin A, Vitamin C and Calcium content. You should aim for Vitamin A (as beta-carotene) levels that are 100% of the RDA (Recommended Daily Allowance), Vitamin C levels that are at least 80% of the RDA, and Calcium levels that are at least 15% of the RDA. Some green superfood products contain as little as 10% RDA of Vitamin A (as beta-carotene), 4% Vitamin C and 4% Calcium.
Perfect Food delivers
- One serving of Perfect Food is equivalent to 140g of fresh grass juice.
- Excellent source of natural Vitamin A in the form of beta-carotene and a good source of natural Vitamin C.
- Contains spirulina that supports healthy immune function.
- Contains algae and cereal grasses that provide a natural source of alkalizing minerals.
- Select ingredients in Perfect Food are produced through the Garden of Life proprietary Poten-Zyme® fermentation process to make the nutrients more available to the body.
- Includes a Probiotic Blend to support digestive health.
- Supports healthy carbohydrate metabolism.
- Great for those on low carbohydrate diets or people who are unable to eat enough green foods.
- Perfect Food comes in two easy-to-use forms: Powder and Caplets.
Absolute Organix exclusively distributes Garden of Life in SA. Find out more about Garden of Life products at www.gardenoflife.com