Are Amazing Grass Gluten Free? 

Yes, Amazing Grass products are gluten free. Our cereal grasses are harvested prior to jointing, before the grain forms and any gluten is present. We test for gluten and our products are enjoyed by people worldwide with gluten free diets including celiac disease. Please note, our Energy Bars are manufactured in a plant that processes wheat, milk, eggs, soy, peanuts and tree nuts.

What are the ingredients in Amazing Grass "Natural Flavors"?

The ingredients in our "natural flavors" are derived from foods like fruits, vegetables, spices, cacao etc.  All our natural flavors are organic compliant (no GMO’s, not irradiated, no pesticides, herbicides etc), vegan and Kosher. Essentially natural flavors is how we are required to list the flavors we use in any of our products.  Our flavors are derived from fruits and vegetables and provide a way to achieve the desired consistent flavor and taste profile that consumers expect for our Berry Green SuperFood (flavors from cherries, raspberries and pomegranates) and Chocolate Green SuperFood (flavor derived from cacao).  Our products are made from all organic whole foods and no fractionated or isolated vitamins.

Is Amazing Grass Raw? Vegan?

Yes, our greens are raw and have not been cooked. Foods are generally considered raw if they are dehydrated at temperatures under 117 degrees. We dehydrate our greens using a specially designed low temperature dehydrator. The cell temperature of the leaves doesn’t get above 107 degrees. This allows them to retain maximum levels of heat sensitive nutrients like beta-carotene, phytonutrients and enzymes. There are many raw food chefs around the world that use our greens in their favorite recipes. 

All of our Amazing Grass products are 100% Vegan except our Chocolate Peanut Butter Protein bars.  Those contain whey protein.

Can I mix Amazing Grass products with hot beverages? 

Although we always recommend mixing our drink powders with cold or room temperature liquids, the short answer is yes. You can think of the dehydrated fruits and vegetables in our superfood drink powders similar to how you would think of heating other common fruits and vegetables. There are some heat sensitive nutrients like beta-carotene and enzymes that tend to have their nutritive values compromised when heated above 118 degrees. Think of eating raw spinach or cooked spinach. When it’s raw it is higher in beta-carotene and enzymes. Once you cook it, the levels of these heat sensitive nutrients begin to dissipate. However, even when heated there are still numerous beneficial nutrients that you are consuming. Essentially it is better to consume superfoods even when heating them, then not at all. If heating is required for taste considerations, we recommend heating your beverage first and then mixing in your superfood drink powder. 

How many servings of fruit and veggies in one scoop of Amazing Grass? 

The answer is not necessarily black and white.   Fruits and vegetables can vary widely in their nutritional content and depending on what nutrients you are comparing, you could skew the answer to the desired result.  As an example, a serving of iceberg lettuce and a serving of spinach salad may be equal in servings, but very different in terms of nutritional value.

That said, in real general terms, a serving of our wheat grass powder provides approximately 3 to 4 servings of some of the best deep green leafy vegetable nutrition available.  A serving of our Green SuperFood or Berry Green SuperFood provides approx 4 to 5 servings of fruits and vegetables.

Some people use ORAC (Oxygen Radical Absorbance Capacity) to measure and compare that score to other fruits and vegetables.  While ORAC can provide a baseline comparison, we believe it is just part of the equation.  Every whole food has thousands of chemical compounds that work in synergy together to provide the nutritional benefits that is inherent in that whole food. 

The ORAC score is a way to measure a substances ability to neutralize free radicals in vitro (in a test tube) and does not necessarily translate to how that substance will perform in vivo (in the body).  The reverse can also be true.  Vitamin E is known as a very powerful antioxidant in the body, but has a very low ORAC score. 

If you look at ORAC as a baseline, then our Green SuperFood has approximately 7 servings of fruits and vegetables (ORAC score of 3400) and our wheat grass would have 3 servings of F&V (ORAC score of 1700).  Our chocolate GSF would be about 6 servings of fruits and vegetables using the same ORAC value (ORAC score of 3100).  By this same measure, our new ORAC Green SuperFood has an ORAC score of 15,000 and using the same math would equate to 30 servings of fruits and vegetables in one scoop.

While green superfoods provide antioxidants, they are ultimately prized for their plethora of chlorophyll and synergy of vitamins, minerals, carotenoids, protein and ability to alkalize and balance your body’s pH level, while providing a very concentrated form of essential green leafy vegetable nutrition.

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