First link - RAW Meal http://www.gardenoflife.com/ProductsforLife/SUPPLEMENTS/FoundationalNutrition...
>>>Garden of Life® RAW Meal was formulated to be a meal replacement that satisfies hunger, is naturally filling and provides energy, all while providing the protein, fiber, vitamins and minerals that you would find in a healthy meal of raw foods. RAW Meal provides the nutrition of a well-balanced, healthy raw meal in one delicious serving. <<<
Let's see...provides all the vitamins & minerals found in a healthy raw meal?
>>>RAW Meal also offers 20 Vitamin Code vitamins and minerals providing at least 100% of the Daily Value of 16 key nutrients.<<<
-- What in the world is a "Vitamin Code" vitamin or mineral?
>>>Vitamin Code® RAW Food-Created vitamins and minerals, as well as nutrient Code Factors™ such as beta-glucans, SOD, glutathione and CoQ10, enabling natural recognition by your body.<<<
-- Hmmm, a trademarked 'nutrient Code Factor' but no explanation of what that might be, except they are "food created vitamins & minerals". ALL non-synthetic, isolated vitamins and minerals are laboratory created from something someone somewhere would likely consider food.
Have they taken the sprouted plants to a laboratory to isolate out all the specific vitamins & minerals and then added them back in as isolates? I can't tell. >>>Made exclusively from RAW natural, plant-based, whole foods – uncooked, untreated, unadulterated <<< ...made FROM, not OF ???
-- Added enzymes of all kinds. These seem to be isolated enzymes away from their naturally occurring plants & co-factors? And are these the same enzymes we need to digest whatever is in the product? Or are we eating pineapple enzymes but eating rice sprouts?
Sure, isolated enzymes aid digestion...but if we give our body the enzymes, does that work the same as giving our body hormones? (our body senses it doesn't need them so it lowers or ceases production)?
Below is the 'ingredients list' and
here is a list for the differing names of naturally occurring vitamins & synthetics: http://www.nutriteam.com/natural.htm#labels
What I think? I'd opt for a Superfood blend that contains only ground-up whole foods/herbs (or if I felt I needed to go to the expense, dried juices). Using "sprouted" grains and seeds is great (of course), but once they're sprouted, dried, ground/powdered and put in a jar for a couple of months, the only basic benefit I see is that the enzyme inhibitors have been lessened/destroyed. I wouldn't pay the big bucks for this one - and if it has added synthetics (which it appears it may), I wouldn't recommend it.