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Published on July 17th, 2013


Greens and Whole Foods Supplements has published results of its quality tests of greens and whole foods powders and pills. Supplements marketed with these terms typically contain chlorophyll-containing leaves, sprouts, algae, vegetables and fruits, herbs, probiotics, and enzymes. They are popular for their nutritional benefits, but should not be used to replace actual fruits and vegetables. In addition to their vitamin content, greens and whole foods supplements often tout their antioxidant or alkalininzing properties, the benefits of which are debated. There is also some concern, according to the report, that probiotics added to these supplements may not necessarily be viable, as they are sensitive to heat, light, and moisture.

Out of the 11 products that tested, 6 were found to be problematic.

  • All Day Energy Greens: Contained 6.0 mcg of lead per serving. The California Proposition 65 limit on lead is .5 mcg per serving.
  • Gary Null’s Green Stuff: Contained 9.7 mcg of lead per serving.
  • InnerLight Supergreens: Contained 8.7 to 11.6 mcg of lead per serving.
  • Now Spirulina: Tablets did not dissolve within 60 minutes.
  • The Ultimate Meal: Contained more than twice the U.S. Pharmacopeial Convention limit for aerobic bacteria. Also has labeling that does not conform to standard FDA format.
  • Vibrant Health Green Vibrance: Contained 24.3 mcg of arsenic per serving, 5.4 mcg of which was the most toxic form of arsenic. In water, the EPA limits arsenic to 10 mcg per liter.

Not all health supplements are healthy. Do your research before purchasing.

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