If you want my honest opinion, I'm a little wary of most supplements to begin with, and am especially wary of "mega-supplements" like this. First off, when experts say to eat X servings of fruits and vegetables a day, I think that they mean eating the actual fruits and vegetables, with all the natural fiber, sugar, etc. in them, not just the vitamin or antioxidant equivalent of X servings of fruits and vegetables. Secondly, I think supplements like these actually encourage bad eating habits -- especially when the products are being marketed as something to use on a daily basis -- because they lead people to think that taking this product relieves them of eating actual vegetables. Just a few weeks ago at work I had someone ask me how many servings of green vegetables a tablespoon of spirulina was "equivalent" to. I find it incredibly hard to believe that any powder or pill can replace or replicate all the nutritional benefits of actual fruits and vegetables. Thirdly, I think there is also a psychic benefit to eating actual, whole foods -- which would you rather have, a ripe, juicy orange, or some powder mixed in water?EDIT, 102908: I'm getting lots and lots of traffic on this one old entry. If you googled "Dr. Organics" and wound up here, you might be interested in another, more detailed entry I made on the subject: Dr. Organic redux.
That said, I don't think products like this are really bad for you in any way, and I've even been known to mix some spirulina/greens or protein powder in a smoothie now and then, but I think these products should be used only for an occasional boost, and not as an an everyday supplement. Good health comes from eating whole, unprocessed foods, drinking lots of water, exercising, and avoiding stress, not from taking pills or powders.
Wednesday, December 12, 2007
I got an e-mail the other day that felt slightly spammy, even though it was addressed to me personally and individually, and was sent to me via a website where I have published some health/nutrition articles. The writer wanted to know what I thought of this product, and this was my response: