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Texas SuperFood Review: A Comprehensive Look into Its Effectiveness

Written by Brandi Givens, RDN

Reviewed by Anthony Dugarte, MD 

Last Updated on July 27, 2021

Our Expert Rating:

2.5

About This Rating
The average rating of this product is calculated based on the evaluation of the following factors:
  • Support for Claims:1.0
  • Ingredient Safety:4.0
  • Value for the Price:2.0
  • Brand Transparency:3.0

Texas Superfood is a powdered fruit and vegetable juice concentrate supplement. I would not recommend this product due to the lack of transparency in nutritional value and lack of evidence for the product’s claims.

Texas SuperFood Review: A Comprehensive Look into Its Effectiveness

Pros

  • Product likely contains vitamins from some fruits and vegetables which may be beneficial to consumers who have a poor diet lacking plant foods.
  • Reviews on retail websites show some positive feedback from consumers.

Cons

  • There are no studies to back the claims of this product.
  • The micronutrient content in this product has not been evaluated.
  • This product is not third-party verified.

What Is Texas SuperFood?

Texas SuperFood (TSF) is a vegan supplement that claims to contain the nutrition from 55 plant foods, 2 probiotics, and 11 digestive enzymes.

It comes in two forms: capsules and powder, both containing the same dehydrated, powdered juice ingredients. TSF also sells several other supplemental juice drinks on its website.

The TSF label states, “One daily dose delivers the vitamins, enzymes, and micronutrients contained in a healthful intake of fruits and vegetables.”

Also, the TSF website makes these claims:

  • All the nutrient-packed natural nutrition you need to keep you going strong all day long.
  • All the vitamins, minerals, and micro-nutrients your brain needs for optimal performance.
  • Provides your body with necessary micronutrients and vitamins to help you fall asleep faster and stay asleep longer.

To date, the company admits no studies have been performed on TSF to back these claims.

The product is made from the cold-pressed juice (not the pulp) of the plants. The manufacturer explains that their way of processing keeps nutrient value higher because the foods never reach temperatures above 106 degrees Fahrenheit.

The ingredients are grown, juiced, and processed in the U.S. and several other countries, then combined to form their product at their site in Texas.

The micronutrients in TSF are not listed on their label or anywhere on their website.

The website’s frequently asked questions section justifies this by stating that nutrient content in plants varies, so it’s impossible to properly evaluate them.

Evaluation of Ingredients

TSF lists 55 plant foods, 11 enzymes, and 2 probiotics on the label’s ingredients list. However, there’s no indication of how much of any ingredient is in their products.

Plant Foods

TSF claims to have all of the micronutrients your brain needs for optimal performance from their plant food sources.

Some of the foods listed have nutrients shown to support brain health, including:

  • Curcumin (turmeric)
  • Vitamin C (Brussel sprouts, broccoli, apples, tomatoes)
  • Vitamin E (asparagus, broccoli)

However, at least three brain essential nutrients would be difficult to get in this supplement – choline, vitamin B12, and vitamin D.

Both choline and B12 are difficult to get in adequate amounts, even from whole vegan sources.

Vitamin D is also essential for brain health, and it’s difficult to get enough from vegan food sources.

Concerning TSF’s claim to support sleep, this study does indicate that higher fruit and vegetable intake improves sleep patterns.

However, the study used whole fruits and vegetables, not powdered juice concentrate.

Summary:

While plant foods, in general, have nutrients to support this product’s claims, it’s unlikely that the variety and amount available in TSF are adequate. 

Enzymes

Enzymes are proteins that help accelerate chemical and metabolic processes in the body.

Digestive enzymes help break down food into smaller molecules so that it can be absorbed.

For example, amylase breaks starch into sugars, and proteases help break down large protein molecules.

A healthy human body makes most of the digestive enzymes it needs. In addition, some fruits and vegetables contain enzymes that may improve digestion.

It’s unclear whether TSF adds additional enzymes or if they’re listing the enzymes that naturally occur within the fruits and vegetables listed.

Scientists aren’t sure how effective supplemental enzymes are because the stomach’s acidic environment may damage them before they reach the small intestine.

Therefore, claiming a product has “enzymes” may not provide any additional benefit.

Summary:

Because we don’t know the product’s sources, amounts, or the efficacy of supplemental enzymes in general, it is unclear if they would provide additional benefits. 

Probiotics

Lactobacillus bulgaricus and Lactobacillus salivarium are listed as probiotics in TSF. 

Some strains of both bacteria are thought to have various benefits when they are part of a balanced microbiome. However, these benefits are understood to be strain-specific.

TSF doesn’t mention which strains are in the product, so we don’t know if these ingredients are helpful. 

There is no information on the website or label to describe the processing or handling conditions of the probiotics, so it’s unclear whether or not they are still viable once they reach the consumer.

It is recommended that probiotic supplements contain at least 1 billion colony-forming units for effectiveness. However, TSF does not list how much is in their product.

Summary:

Because we don’t know the strains, amounts, or viability of probiotics in TSF, it’s unclear if they would provide any benefit. 

Verdict on Claimed Benefits

Below is our summary of the available evidence for the claimed benefits of Texas SuperFood based on the available research:

  • One daily dose delivers the vitamins, enzymes, and micronutrients contained in a healthful intake of fruits and vegetablesNo Evidence
  • Provides all the nutrient-packed natural nutrition you need to keep you going strong all day longNo Evidence
  • Has all the vitamins, minerals, and micro-nutrients your brain needs for optimal performanceNo Evidence
  • Provides your body with necessary micronutrients and vitamins to help you fall asleep faster and stay asleep longerNo Evidence

Side Effects, Safety, and Dosage

Texas SuperFood has not been evaluated for safety or possible side effects in any studies. However, its individual ingredients do sometimes cause adverse reactions. 

For example, the supplemental enzyme bromelain can cause gastrointestinal upset and diarrhea.

Although adverse effects from probiotics are generally considered rare, safety studies are limited.

Some experts believe side effects are underreported and that we need to learn more about the microbiome before recommending probiotic supplements. 

Reported side effects from probiotics include nausea, gas, and diarrhea. More serious adverse effects include sepsis.

Keep in mind that we can’t be certain how much of each ingredient is in Texas SuperFood for a full evaluation of safety or side effects.

To take the capsules, the manufacturer recommends six capsules spread throughout the day and taken with meals.

To take the powder, the instructions state mixing one level scoop with 8–10 oz of water, juice, or a smoothie.

Cost

On its website, the cost of Texas SuperFood Powder and Capsules is the same:

  • 30-day supply: $59.95 ($2/day)
  • 60-day supply: $110.30 ($1.83/day)
  • 90-day supply: $152.88 ($1.70/day)

The brand offers further discounts and free shipping if you join the Subscribe and Save program.

The cost of Texas SuperFood is comparable or more expensive than other superfood supplements on the market.

How Texas SuperFood Compares to Alternatives

When I discuss supplements with clients, I try to stay away from those which have not been extensively researched and do not have a third-party verification seal, as is the case with Texas SuperFood.

I, therefore, try to offer comparable alternatives that have more research to support their benefits.

Juice Plus+ is another supplement that offers condensed, powdered forms of fruits and vegetables. It has been the subject of several studies which are provided on its website.

Juice Plus+ is also third-party verified by NSF, an independent not-for-profit company that tests supplements for quality, purity, and safety.

Juice Plus+ would be a better option compared to Texas SuperFood.

The Bottom Line

I would love to find a product that can replace whole fruits and vegetables for people who don’t like them or are looking for ways to save time.

However, I do not think Texas SuperFood is the answer.

There are too many unknowns and too many vague and false claims to trust Texas SuperFood as a dietary supplement.

A Word from Our RD

I understand that it’s difficult for many people to get the recommended intake of plant foods in their diets.

For those people, I recommend seeking the help of a registered dietitian to offer real solutions on how their individual diet might be improved. These suggestions might include:

  • Making daily fruit and vegetable smoothies.
  • Planning daily fruit and vegetable snacks.
  • Enjoying a colorful salad every day.
  • Enlisting help from loved ones for accountability.

If a client showed symptoms of needing digestive enzymes, I would refer them to their doctor for evaluation and possibly prescription medications or other recommendations.

Regarding probiotics, if a client has reason to believe that they need to balance their gut microbiome, I generally recommend trying to get probiotics from fermented foods before buying expensive supplements.

Probiotics can be found in many foods, including yogurt, kefir, and miso.

Before considering expensive supplements, keep in mind that most people can count on food as the most reliable nutrition source.

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