Friday, February 28, 2014

Sencha Naturals Green Tea + C

Cold and flu season is here and it seems like everyone around me has the sniffles. We often turn to supplements and vitamins to keep us healthy this time of year, especially vitamin C. Pills, chewables and powders are all things that I've used in the past. Although thye do the trick these things tend to not taste very good. When +Sencha Naturals offered me a chance to try their new Green Tea + C line I jumped on it.

The powder very much resembled matcha. I mixed it with cold filtered water using an electric hand held drink stirrer. It dissolved fairly quickly and only needed occasional stirring towards the end. It is available in original, dragonfruit and citrus ginger. Luckily I was able to try all three varieties. The dragonfruit was definitely my favorite, closely followed by the original. I'm not much of a citrus kind of gal but the citrus ginger was still very drinkable.

I felt a great energy boost after drinking and I loved that there was no yucky aftertastes. While I wouldn't call myself a health nut, I do try to be a conscientious consumer. In reading the ingredient lists, I found that they looked very different from similar products that I have looked at. I actually knew what all of the ingredients were!


My sister happened to have some Emergen-C on hand so I compared them and the differences were very noticeable.

Green Tea + C (Dragonfruit): Organic Green Tea Powder, Acerola Cherry, Natural Citric Acid, Natural Sodium Bicarbonate, Dragonfruit Extract, Natural Malic Acid, Ginger Root, Coconut Water Powder, Organic Orange Peel, Turmeric Root, Stevia.

Emergen-C (Raspberry): Cane sugar, fructose, citric acid, raspberry juice powder and other fruit juice powder, natural raspberry flavors, tartaric acid, malic acid, tapioca maltodextrin, vegetable juice color, silica, stevia (leaf extract), caramel color, glycine, aspartic acid, and cysteine hydrochloride.

I'm sure that Emergen-C works great but I've never been a fan of the taste myself. The nutritional information stated that Emergen-C contains 1,667% of the recommended daily value for vitamin C. I found myself asking, does anyone really need THAT much of it? Green Tea + C still provides quite a bit, at 300%, but I much prefer their natural, whole foods approach. If you have a chance to give these a try, I definitely recommend it.

Green Tea + C sample provided by Sencha Naturals.