Before I dive into the topic du jour, let me first send a BIG congratulations to the PACKERS! What a fun game to watch and a great Super Bowl win for Green Bay! And although I’m usually more of a college football fan, Packer blood runs in my family…
Know what else is green and good for us (… how is that for a transition ;))
I know that isn’t breaking news, and I know that a lot of us eat them regularly, but more is always better, right?
My friend, Jane, has been telling me about Juice Plus for as long as I can remember, and recently I decided to try out a 4 month supply of both the Garden Blend Gummies and the Orchard Gummies. (I’m paying for them, so I can give my honest opinion).
First of all, I like the gummies because it is like getting to eat a pack of fruit snacks everyday, and who didn’t love these growing up:
But Juice Plus has a lot more to it than just being a fun snack. Usually I am very cautious with taking any supplements. I prefer whole foods to be my source of nutrition over a manufactured pill, but Juice Plus struck my interest because it IS whole foods. In their own words,
“Juice Plus+® is whole food based nutrition, including juice powder concentrates from 17 different fruits, vegetables and grains.”
Included in Juice Plus are the following:
- Apple: Pectin along with a variety of polyphenols and other antioxidants
- Acerola Cherry: Vitamin C and anthocyanadins
- Cranberry: Flavonoid and phenolic antioxidants
- Orange: Vitamin C, folate, and several carotenoids including beta-carotene and beta-cryptoxanthin
- Papaya: Vitamin C, potassium, and several carotenoids including beta-carotene and beta-cryptoxanthin
- Peach: Vitamin C and several carotenoids
- Pineapple: Vitamin C and bromelain
- Tomato: Vitamin C, polyphenols, and several carotenoids including lycopene
- Oat Bran: Dietary fiber, vitamin E, several B vitamins, and minerals
- Beet: Folate, iron and calcium
- Broccoli: Folate, vitamin C, and several carotenoids including beta-carotene, lutein, zeaxanthin, and glucosinolates
- Cabbage: Vitamin C, folate, and glucosinolates
- Carrot: Several carotenoids including beta-carotene, along with vitamin E
- Kale: Vitamin C, folate, magnesium, and several carotenoids including beta carotene, lutein, and zeaxanthin
- Parsley: Vitamin C, folate, several carotenoids and flavonols
- Spinach: Folate, vitamin C, vitamin E, several carotenoids, iron, and calcium
- Brown Rice Bran: Dietary fiber, several B vitamins, and minerals
Also, the gummies are completely vegetarian-friendly because the gummy part is composed of fruit pectin instead of gelatin, which I found interesting!
For more information, you can check out The Facts and find out more information on it HERE. If you have any questions or want more info, let me know and I’ll pass your info along to my friend.
They are careful to mention that Juice Plus isn’t a substitute for eating fruits and veggies, but I feel like it can’t hurt to have a few more of these in my diet. I haven’t felt a radical change since I started taking them about a week ago, but I didn’t expect to because I’m already a pretty healthy person. But it makes me feel good knowing I’m squeezing in more fruits and veggies (especially some that I rarely or never eat) without the fear of vitamin overdose, like I would have from popping pills.
Just wanted to share with you what I started taking about a week ago, because generally speaking I am NOT a fan of supplements, but after thorough research, I’m interested enough to try it out…
So, have you heard of Juice Plus?
Have you taken it? Thoughts?