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Welcome to this comprehensive Kiala Greens review. I’m Jamie, a Registered Dietitian who likes to make healthy eating easy and approachable.
With social media buzzing about this new superfood blend, you’re probably wondering if Kiala Greens is worth the hype. In this review, we’ll explore the claims made by this product, and I’ll provide you with my honest review as a nutrition professional.
So, whether you have weight loss goals or just want to boost your veggie intake a bit, sit back and let’s discover the truth about Kiala Greens together.
What’s Inside Kiala Greens?
Kiala Greens has dubbed itself the “best tasting” greens powder blend out there. This product is marketed towards women and was founded by two men without a background in healthcare.
In each little scoop of green powder, there are several dehydrated ingredients blended together with a dose of sucralose to cover up the earthy taste that green powders are notorious for.
Each container of Kiala Greens powder contains 30 servings of greens, with a serving of greens being 1 scoop.
Kiala Greens is a comprehensive blend of “superfood” ingredients designed to optimize your health. But spoiler alert: “superfood” is just a marketing term and doesn’t actually mean that any of these ingredients are better for you than just eating regular fruits and veggies.
Here’s what’s in the powder.
- Organic Greens Blend: This blend includes ingredients like organic alfalfa grass, organic wheatgrass, organic barley grass, organic lemon juice, organic kale, organic astragalus, organic spirulina, organic oat grass, and organic chorella.
- Antioxidant Blend: This consists of a variety of antioxidant-rich ingredients like coffea arabica extract, green tea extract, broccoli sprout, onion extract, apple extract, quercetin, tomato, broccoli, camu camu, acerole extract, acai, turmeric, garlic, basil, oregano, cinnamon, carrot, elderberry, mangosteen, black current extract, blueberry extract, sweet cherry, raspberry, spinach, chokeberry, kale, blackberry, bilberry extract, and Brussels sprout.
- Organic Coconut Water Powder
- Natural Flavors: To enhance the taste of the powder, natural flavors are used.
- Other Ingredients: Malic acid, citric acid, and the greens also contain sucralose (you may know it by the brand name Splenda) to sweeten the powder.
Note: This product contains tree nuts, so if you have a nut allergy that’s important to know.
While it’s certainly an impressive list of ingredients, we actually don’t know how much of each ingredient is in there. Because of the small serving size and extensive ingredient list, the reality is that you’re likely only getting a tiny dose of most ingredients.
Flavors of Kiala Greens
Kiala Super Greens comes in a few different flavors, including:
- Mixed Berry
- Tropical Splash
- Lemon Drop
- Carnival Candy
- Green Apple
Health Claims Made by Kiala Greens
The Kiala Greens website lists several lofty claims with unfortunately no evidence to back them up. Let’s get into what they are.
First and foremost, the blend of greens is said to provide comprehensive nutritional support, filling in the gaps in our regular diet.
While it is true that most of us do not get the recommended amount of fruits and veggies, it is unclear how to translate scoops of dehydrated greens into servings of fruits and veggies, because powdered fruits and veggies are not a replacement for real fruits and veggies.
As a dietitian, I can’t actually say how much this product contributes to additional vitamins and minerals or fiber if you drink it because there isn’t a comprehensive nutrition facts label on the package; it only lists the calories (20 per serving) and the ingredients.
Greens powders like Kiala Greens tout gut health benefits and decreased bloating. There are no studies to support their claims, like most other greens powders.
So do powdered greens support gut health and help bloating? Maybe, maybe not. When it comes to bloating, everyone is different. While a greens powder may help one person’s bloating, it may actually cause bloating for others.
Energy and Immune System
They also claim their product can boost energy levels and boost immunity, but there’s no information provided for how it does that. As a dietitian, I can only assume they’re referring to energy and immune-boosting ingredients in their formula, however, it’s impossible to know if there’s enough of each ingredient to be effective (more on that in a second).
There is a small amount of natural caffeine per scoop as well, but likely not enough to boost energy.
Kiala Greens also claim to promote clear skin. While it is true that having more fruits and veggies may improve the appearance of your skin, you don’t need a costly powdered drink to do that. Plus, again, there’s really no evidence to support that their produce does this specifically.
The bottom line: like many greens powder brands, Kiala Greens makes a lot of fancy claims that sound amazing. But, unfortunately, there’s no real evidence to back them up.
Pros and Cons of Kiala Greens: A Balanced Perspective
When it comes to a greens supplement like Kiala Greens, there are both advantages and drawbacks to consider. As a dietitian, it is important to me that my readers get unbiased information so that they can make an empowered decision that is right for them.
Pros of Kiala Greens
- Convenience: One of the most compelling benefits of any greens powders is their convenience. With our fast-paced lives, it can be challenging to eat our recommended daily intake of fruits and vegetables. Greens powders offer a quick and easy “solution”, providing a concentrated source of nutrients that can be stirred into your morning smoothie or a glass of water.
- Nutrient-Dense: Greens powders are packed with a wide range of ingredients with known benefits, including vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants, that support overall health and wellness. From turmeric to Brussels sprouts to leafy greens, greens powders can potentially fill nutritional gaps in your diet, especially if you struggle to consume a variety of fruits and vegetables. They also use organic ingredients, if that’s important to you.
- No wasted veggies: I think we’re all guilty of optimistically buying the package of spring greens, only to have them decay in your fridge. One benefit of a freeze-dried product is that it will stay good for a much longer time than fresh produce.
- Third-party tested: The dietary supplements industry, which includes greens powders, is not at all as well regulated as other food sectors. The Food and Drug Administration does not approve any dietary supplement or their labeling. As such, I don’t recommend purchasing any supplements without a 3rd-party review for safety. Luckily, Kiala Greens is third-party tested.
Cons of Kiala Greens
- Cost: Greens powders tend to be relatively expensive, which could pose a financial burden for some individuals. It’s crucial to assess the cost-benefit ratio and determine if the investment makes sense for you.
- Not a vegetable replacement: While greens powders can serve as a nutritional safety net, they’re not a substitute for whole foods like leafy green vegetables. I recommend focusing on real, whole fruits and veggies in a way that you actually like them. Fruits and vegetables in their whole form come with tons of research-backed benefits, but the research on greens powders is much, much less extensive (plus, every brand is incredibly different, and there’s no research on this particular brand).
- Proprietary blend: Kiala Greens have a proprietary blend of ingredients, which essentially means it’s their secret formula. We know what’s in it, but we don’t know how much of each ingredient, which is important for the efficacy.
- Artificial sugar: For some, the fact that this product contains an artificial sweetener will be a negative. (Although for others, the taste of this product is preferred over other brands).
While Kiala Greens and similar products offer a modest boost of nutrients, we need to approach them with a balanced perspective. Greens powders can potentially complement a healthy diet but should not replace whole foods.
Kiala Greens Pricing
For most of us – including me – price is a big factor when considering a new purchase, especially something like a greens powder where the intention is to have this be a daily part of your routine on a long-term basis.
A single container of Kiala Greens, which contains approximately 30 servings, typically retails for around $49.95. This makes the cost per serving to be about $1.65.
If you choose to subscribe, you’ll have about 25% off this price.
As with any investment in your health, it is important to weigh the cost against the potential benefits and your personal health goals. While this company (and all greens companies) makes a lot of claims about their products, the research to support these claims is slim to none.
According to its website, Kiala Greens does accept returns of unopened/undamaged products within 15 days.
If you have a subscription to their products, the terms are a bit less flexible. You can modify your order but you cannot cancel it for two months.
Kiala Greens does not have a customer service phone number; I asked them a question through their contact form and did not get a reply.
A dietitian’s thoughts on Greens Powders
The decision to use greens powders like Kiala Greens is quite personal and can vary based on individual needs, preferences, and circumstances.
Personally, I choose not to use them in my daily regimen. I find it simpler, less expensive, and tastier to consume a variety of fresh fruits and vegetables directly.
However, as a dietitian I completely understand that many folks find these powders to be worth the investment for the convenience and nutritional boost they provide, even considering the cost. And that’s perfectly fine!
If adding a scoop of greens to a glass of cold water every morning sounds appealing to you, my top recommendation is to choose brands that are 3rd-party verified for quality assurance.
This guarantee ensures that what you’re consuming is safe, effective, and aligns with the product’s stated claims. Kiala Greens is an example of a brand that meets this criterion, having been approved by a 3rd party, according to their FAQ section.
This approval reflects positively on their commitment to quality and consumer transparency. Remember, whatever choice you make, it should ultimately serve your individual health goals and lifestyle needs.
Other product reviews
It seems like we’re never done reviewing products – more and more come onto the market all the time, each with big promises. If you’d like to check out some of the other reviews that I’ve published, here are a few recent ones:
- Are Greens Powders A Waste Of Money? A Dietitian Review
- Allulose vs. Monk Fruit: Which Sweetener is Better?
- Do Keto ACV Gummies Work? A Dietitian Explains.
- LMNT vs Liquid IV: Which Electrolyte Drink is Best?
That’s a wrap
Greens powders like Kiala Greens can certainly provide a convenient and nutrient-packed supplement for those who find value in them. However, it’s important to balance their potential (modest) benefits against their cost and if you actually enjoy drinking them.
Greens powders are not a substitute for actually eating fruits and veggies, no matter how popular they are on TikTok or Instagram.
If you want to try a greens powder, prioritize high-quality products that have undergone third-party verification to guarantee safety and efficacy.
It’s crucial to remember that investing in your health shouldn’t come with financial strain. The best health choices are those that encompass both nutritional benefits and financial sustainability.Thanks for reading – let’s stay in touch!
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