Macro Greens is a meal replacement superfood drink with 38 ingredients intended to produce positive health results at the “cellular level”. It has added vitamins, amino acids, minerals, and enzymes to improve overall health.
It claims to have no common allergens, and it’s also meant to cleanse the body. It also provides more than 5 servings of fruits and vegetables. The product is available as a gluten free, vegan, and completely raw formula. So how does this product taste like? Is it really as beneficial as the manufacturers claim? The answer to these questions is explained in this full review of Macro Greens.
The full ingredient list is provided by the company:
|Organic Barley Brass Juice Powder||Organic Spirulina Powder||Chlorella Cracked Cell||Spinach Leaf Powder||Policosinol|
|Lactobacillus Acidophilus||Lactobacillus Rhamnosus||Lactobacillus Bulgaricus||Bifidobacterium Breve||Bifidobacterium Longum|
|Acerola Fruit Extract||Acerola Berry Powder||Citrus Bioflavonoids||Milk Thistle Seed Extract||Green Tea Leaf Extract|
|Grape Seed Extract||Rutin||Gingko Biloba Leaf Extract||Lecithin||Red Raspberry Fruit Powder|
|Horsetail Stem Powder||Licorice Root Powder||Ginger Root Powder||Parsley Leaf Powder||Eleuthero Root Powder|
|Suma Root Powder||Astralagus Root Powder||Echinacea Augustifolia Root Extract||Damiana Leaf Powder||Apple Pectin Cellulose Powder|
|Apple Fruit Powder||Organic Flax Seed Meal||Aloe Vera Leaf Powder||Watercress Leaf Powder||Carrot Powder|
|Yucca Root Powder||Organic Beet Root Powder||Stevia||Dulse||Prickly Pear Leaf Powder|
The company gives a brief one sentence description by lumping ingredients together, but they fail to provide many details on what the ingredients can really do. Here are some ingredients to look out for:
Policosinol: Extract taken from cane sugar that is used to treat high cholesterol. It’s been studied in Cuba where it’s made and shown to have positive results, however, outside the country it has done poorly. According to Examine.com, the reason for this is because of a:
“scientific literature is suffering from publication bias”
Milk Thistle: Plant that is said to have numerous health benefits including protection against liver disease and cancer. It’s considered one of the most toxic out of all plant based supplements according to the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry. Not enough studies have been performed to show whether or not it has any benefits.
Gingko Biloba: Herb used to promote brain health. Clinical studies have shown unreliable results.
Damiana Leaf: Used as both an aphrodisiac and to promote physical health. According to studies by Examine.com:
“not much quality evidence to support usage”
Eleuthero Root Powder: Also known as Siberian Ginseng, this extract is taken from a shrub. It’s claimed health benefits have not been proven. The American Cancer Society has declared that not enough evidence is available to prove it’s effective. It can produce potential side effects as well such as headaches and irritability.
Organic Spirulina Powder: Blue green algae that is used as an addition to animal feed. According to Medline Plus, there:
“isn’t enough scientific evidence”
So it’s unknown if there’s any benefit to this ingredient. Due to it being found in open waters, there’s also a potential possibility with contaminations with things like lead.
|Calories 40||Calories From Fat 15||Total Fat 1.5g, 2%||Total Carbohydrate 6g, 2%||Dietary Fiber 1g, 5%|
|Sugars 2g||Protein 1g, 2%||Vitamin E 330%||Vitamin C 790%||Vitamin B-12 50%|
|Calcium 2%||Magnesium 1%||Sodium 2%||Iron 8%||Vitamin A 8%|
Only 40 calories are added, of which 15 come from fat. This means it provides this much fat:
15/40= 0.375 times 100= 37.5% fat.
This is a high amount of fat, since the FDA lists any food with 20% or above as a high fat food.
One sole gram of fiber is provided. Therefore, the promotion of digestive health and satiety has to rely on the added digestive enzymes and protein.
Without much fiber, this reduces its ability as a proper meal replacement. Some of the fiber comes from the added Nopal, which is a cactus used for appetite suppression.
2 grams per serving which is low. This comes from 1 source:
Stevia: Plant based sweetener that has a minimal to no effect on blood sugar.
The company claims this is a meal replacement, however it fails to provide man vitamins and minerals. There’s only a minimal amount of vitamin A and no vitamin D. There’s also an incredibly small amount of minerals, of which many are missing such as iodine, copper, and selenium.
There’s just one gram of protein provided:
Chlorella Cracked Cell: Single cell green algae used due to its high protein and vitamins and minerals. 3 different studies have expressed health concerns over its potential for causing inflammation due to endotoxins. One of the studies revealed it to lead to:
“Chronic Neuroinflammation and Progressive Neurodegeneration”
The Protein content of this ingredient has yet to be fully analyzed. I couldn’t find any available information about how many amino acids Macro Greens provides. This is essential in determining whether or not you’re getting a quality protein source.
Also, at one gram you’re failing to get a full meal replacement. It’s recommended to get at least:
Men: 56 grams a day.
Women: 46 grams a day.
At 2 servings of Macro Greens a day you’re only getting 2 grams, this is incredibly low for a meal replacement. Web MD mentions that a proper meal replacement should offer:
“10-15 grams of protein per serving”
So this product is incredibly low and doesn’t qualify as a proper meal replacement, though it’s marketed as if it were.
It’s available online and in many retail stores. Currently on Amazon.com the largest container of 30 ounces or 90 servings costs $64.95, these amounts to a cost at 2 shakes day of:
$64.95/45= $1.44 for 2 servings a day.
Considering it’s not a full meal replacement, this shake is low on the amount of macro and micronutrients it contains.
4 different added enzymes are added which includes Protease, Cellulase, Amylase, and Lipase. These enzymes are created in the body in order to properly digest and metabolize foods.
Web MD mentions that the use of this ingredient is only needed when:
“the pancreas cannot make or does not release enough digestive enzymes”
So the use of this is dependent on whether or not one has serious health issues. Not only does this increase the price, but it can contain:
Therefore, it’s important to avoid this ingredient in order to avoid potential side effects. Also, when prescribed these enzymes it’s usually given in exact amounts by a certified health professional, not randomly when mixed inside a meal replacement. It’s unknown what kind of effect this may have on individual people.
Possible side effects include indigestion, bloating, gas, and diarrhea.
Due to California’s Proposition 65, any potential contaminants must be listed as a warning on foods.
Macro Greens has every container with the warning that it contains levels of lead. The reason they don’t get rid of the lead is because:
“removing (sic) the lead would destroy the protein.”
They also mention a warning that certain people shouldn’t take this product due to the lead. This includes those who have:
By not knowing the exact levels of lead found inside, it’s impossible to judge what kind of an effect it may have on the body. Lead can produce toxic effects to the internal organs, nervous system, reproductive system, and it can lead to death.
The business goes by the name of MacroLife Naturals, Inc.; they also produce another red superfood drink. They are found below:
Phone Number: (800) 521-5867
Address: 8477 Stellar Drive
Culver City, California 90232
Each container of this product comes with a warning that:
“This product contains lead”
It’s unknown how much lead is inside, but this potentially harmful ingredient can cause toxic buildup in the blood and reproductive damage.
There’s currently over 300 reviews available on Amazon.com:
“Excess sweetener and filler”
“Yes it tasted “nasty””
“Started noticing mood swings, exhaustion, increased aggression”
“DANGER PRODUCT CONTAINS LEAD”
Those people who tried supplementing due to the claimed health benefits, they then realized that it was difficult to drink. Some mention it’s much too sweet, and that they didn’t appreciate that there’s lead included.
Here are some of the most important things to look out for:
There have been major concerns over the lead added to this blend, and the fact that it doesn’t qualify as a meal replacement. It’s lacking key nutrients and it’s incredibly low on protein. People have also expressed concern over the taste, I couldn’t find people who actually though it had a pleasant taste.
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