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Fruits & Veggies in a Gummy

Posted Feb 07 2011 9:05am

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…

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Know what else is green and good for us (… how is that for a transition ;) )

Vegetables!

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?

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