What is the best way to take powders?
Probably the easiest way to take most powders is to mix the powders with a little juice or water in a shaker cup. The shaker cup makes it easy to mix the powder and drink quickly. Different powders have different tastes and some can be pretty strong. Despite this, strong tastes can usually be covered up pretty well with a little trial and error. Powders are often incorporated into teas, smoothies, yogurts, salads, soups, fruit juices, or other foods etc. It may take some experimentation to find what works best for you.
In general the flavor of most of the vegetable, herb, root, leaf, and grass powders can be covered up pretty well using a vegetable juice like V8 which you can find in almost any grocery store. Grapefruit juice can be good for covering up strong tastes of some bitter tasting powders. You may also try some sweet juices to cover up other powder flavors. And if you make a smoothie in the blender with frozen fruit or ice cubes you can mask the flavor of many powders pretty well. Using cacao powder to make a chocolate drink can also be helpful. For instance, reishi mushroom, mucuna pruriens seed and maca powders are well masked by the flavor of chocolate.
If you still don’t like the taste of a powder you can try getting empty capsules and putting the powder in capsules.
What is the difference between a whole food powder, an extract, and a juice powder?
For each of these types of powders there can be dramatic difference in smell, taste, appearance, consistency, and cost between the 3 different types of powders.
Juice powders are water soluble because they are made up of the juice and do not contain other parts of the fruit so they will fully dissolve in water, or other liquids. A whole fruit powder is not water soluble because it contains the entire fruit which may include the fiber, cellulose, seeds, and sometimes skin of the fruit. An extract is usually water soluble and contains specific concentrated nutrients from the botanical that have been extracted. While extracts may concentrate certain components of a botanical, some constituents may be destroyed or left out by the process. For this reason, extract powders may work differently inside the body than their whole fruit or herb counterparts.
How many servings do I get per lb of powder?
Each powder is a little bit different and some are more voluminous than others, but for most powders the measurements below are good approximations:
1 lb of powder = 50 tablespoons
1 lb of powder = 150 teaspoons
1 teaspoon = 3 grams (3000 mg)
1 tablespoon = 9 grams (9000 mg)
1 tablespoon = 3 teaspoons
1 lb - 454 grams (45,360 mg)
1 kg = 2.2 lbs
0 size empty capsules hold - 408 mg - 816 mg
00 size empty capsules hold - 546 mg - 1092 mg
000 size empty capsules hold - 822 mg - 1644 mg
Why do some products say organic and others don't?
If a product says organic in it's name then it has been certified organic under the USDA National Organic Program (NOP). All of the products we carry are grown organically without chemicals or pesticides but some do not carry the USDA certification. These products are either certified in other countries, wildcrafted, or cultivated without chemicals, pesticides, genetic modification or radiation treatment. While we prefer USDA certified organic products, obtaining the USDA certification can be a lengthy and costly process for many suppliers that already practice organic farming and offer excellent quality products. We conduct additionally testing on products that have not been certified organic to ensure that they are free from chemicals, heavy metals and other contaminants.
Why are some products freeze dried and others are not?
Certain products must be freeze dried to preserve their nutrients and prevent them from spoiling. But the nutrients in most products can be preserved through low temperature drying. So when possible we use low temperature drying which means the product is still raw and retains all of the vital nutrients and enzymes.