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3 Ways To Spot A Superior Barley Grass Juice Powder
By Marianly Hernandez Primmer, DGB writer
Barley grass juice powders are gaining popularity, but more choices doesn’t necessarily mean higher quality. In fact after trying several products that didn’t make the grade, one man decided to distribute his own barley grass juice powder. Now we give you the lowdown on how to spot first-rate barley grass powders to get the most out of your dollars. Here is a guide from Jamie Pounds, the founder of Daily Green Boost (DGB).
1. Make sure it’s organic
Certified organic products go through rigorous inspections to assure exceptional quality. Some restrictions include no synthetic fertilizers, pesticides or genetically modified organisms (GMOs). Only certified organic products may carry the USDA Organic label on the package.
Daily Green Boost is certified organic by Quality Assurance International. The agency name is on the label and you can spot the USDA Organic symbol on the DGB bottle.
While there are strict regulations on what is considered organic, there is no regulation on the word raw and therefore anyone can use the term. That’s why it’s important to go with a company you can trust.
2. Pay attention to packaging
Barley grass juice powders can be packaged in anything from a pouch to a plastic or glass bottle. A sealed amber glass bottle is a sign of high quality packaging. The amber color filters light, which helps maintain the integrity of the product. The product inside should feel dry and powdery. Steer clear of any clumpy juice powder which would indicate moisture. Jamie believes any moisture or oxygen trapped inside the packaging could have a negative effect on the nutrients or vitamins and minerals.
Daily Green Boost has a moisture absorbing packet and is packaged in a sealed amber bottle to maintain the quality of the product. For best results keep the moisture packet inside the bottle and store in a cool, dry place. Jamie keeps his product in the freezer after opening. He says taste and color also matter. After doing an informal comparison of multiple juice powders, Jamie believes the better quality grass juice powders have a slight grassy taste and are usually a vibrant green color.
3. Beware of inconsistencies
What you see isn’t always what you get. Jamie says some packaging from barley grass juice powders he bought in the past looked different than pictured online. For example, if a product’s website says it’s certified organic, but the product label does not, then that’s a red flag.
Another thing to remember, the seller or distributor does not have to be the same company as the manufacturer to ensure a high caliber product. However if the seller claims to also be the maker of the product, then the information should match. Keep in mind, products are not required to disclose the name of their manufacturer.
Although the FDA allows exemptions in some cases, Jamie says you want your products to have a nutritional facts or a supplemental facts panel. DGB has a nutritional facts panel on the label.
Finally, remember not all grass juice powders are created equal. Sticking with organic, well-sealed products is a good start. Buying from companies with consistent product information will also lead to a higher quality barley grass juice powder.