Update 7/29/20. Texas SuperFood is a whole food supplement that you may have heard of via their catchy radio commercial. It boasts 55 naturally grown fruits and vegetables that are free from pesticides, gluten, soy, fillers, binders, artificial flavors or synthetic chemicals of any kind. Many of the ingredients are organic too. It's also gluten-free and contains no GMOs. Sounds pretty good. So, is it worth your money? Is there a lesser expensive alternative? In this review, I'll look at Texas SuperFood and the different types of it, and along the way, try to help you figure out if it's right for you.
1 What Is Texas SuperFood?
The product website (TexasSuperFood.com) describes the supplement this way: Texas SuperFood “contains the nutrients of 55 naturally grown, raw, fruits and vegetables, picked at the peak of nutritional perfection.” The product website goes on to say that Texas SuperFood contains:
- 30 different fruits
- 25 different vegetables
- 9 enzymes
- 8 greens
Since both fruits and vegetables can be green” I'm not sure what the “8 greens” refers to. Maybe it's a reference to the wheatgrass and algae (mentioned below)? Either way, this tells us that Texas SuperFood is a whole-food supplement.
There are many whole-food supplements out there. Just a few I've looked at previously include:
See those reviews for more information on those supplements.
2 Texas SuperFood Research
I was not able to locate any published clinical studies on Texas Superfood itself. The product website also states that “… we do not curently
have finalized research that is specific to Texas SuperFood available…”
That doesn't mean that the product won't “work” because there are more studies than you can count on the benefits of eating fruits and vegetables. Those same studies can be used to support many other whole-food supplements too.
Juice Plus is arguably the whole food product with the most clinical research. It's not perfect, but it does exist. See that review for a rundown on its evidence.
3 Types Of Texas SuperFood
There are five different types of this dietary supplement. For the most part, all the different types have the same ingredients. Here is a quick rundown on how the capsules and powders differ from each other:
|Texas SuperFood Original (capsules)||Texas SuperFood Origional (powder)||Texas SuperFruit Select (powder)||Texas SuperFood Select (capsules)||Texas SuperFood Select (powder)|
|Contains Digestive Enzymes||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|Contains Daily Vitamins||Yes||Yes||Yes|
In the table above – which can also be seen at the product website – where you don't see a “Yes,” it means that the supplement doesn't have the nutrient in question. For example, since Texas SuperFruit Select has no vegetables, that cell is empty in its column.
ALL forms of the product contain vitamins and minerals. They must because vitamins and minerals are parts of fruits and vegetables. Might the other types of the product be lacking in some vitamins, like vitamin D, for example? It's possible, but I don't think that means opting for a more expensive version of the product just because it has vitamins.
4 Enzymes And Probiotics
Texas SuperFood Select also contains probiotics and digestive enzymes. My thoughts are if you don't have any digestion issues, you probably don't need the enzymes. We can make enzymes, and when we eat them (like when they are in supplements), they are quickly broken down in the stomach.
I feel the same way when it comes to probiotics too. Probiotics can have health benefits, but there are not many probiotics in the supplement. For example, Texas SuperFood Select has just 121 mg combined for both probiotics and enzymes. That's not much.
5 Texas SuperFruit Select Ingredients
Texas SuperFruit Select appears to be one of the flagship versions of this supplement. It has the same ingredients as the Original Texas SuperFood too.
There are a lot of ingredients in this supplement. The table below lists the nutrition information and ingredients in 1 pack (3.8 grams) of the supplement.
|Amount Per Serving (1 packet /3.8 grams)||Percent Daily Value|
|Calories from fat||0||0% DV|
|Total fat||0||0% DV|
|Saturated fat||0 g||O% DV|
|Trans fat||0 g||N/A|
|Cholesterol||0 mg||0% DV|
|Total carbohydrates||3 g||<1% DV|
|Dietary fiber||0.5g||2% DV|
|Calcium||10 mg||<1% DV|
|Vitamin A (from organic annato seed)||5000 IU||100% DV|
|Vitamin C (from acerola cherry)||60 mg||100% DV|
|Vitamin D (from S. cerevisiae)||400 IU||100% DV|
|Vitamin E (from organic annatto leaf)||30 IU||100% DV|
|Thiamine (from S. cerevisiae)||1.5 mg||100% DV|
|Riboflavin (from S. cerevisiae)||1.7 mg||100% DV|
|Niacinamide (from S. cerevisiae)||16 mg||100% DV|
|Pantothenic acid (from S. cerevisiae)||5.5 mg||55% DV|
|Pyridoxine (from S. cerevisiae)||2 mg||100% DV|
|Vitamin B12 (from S. cerevisiae)||6 micrograms||100 % DV|
|Biotin (from S. cerevisiae)||150 micrograms||50% DV|
|Folic acid (from S. cerevisiae)||400 micrograms||100% DV|
The Nutrition Facts table states that the product has 400 IU of vitamin D. It also says this is “100% of the daily value for this nutrient.” But, the RDA for vitamin D has been increased to 600 IU for most people.
Also, in the table above, many vitamins come from “S. cerevisiae.” What's that? The term S. cerevisiae is short for Saccharomyces cerevisiae.
This is another name for brewers yeast.
Next, let's cover the different blends of nutrients in Texas SuperFruit Select.
6 Fruit Blend
Texas SuperFruit Select contains the following “Fruit Blend.” Each packet (3.8 g) has 1139 mg (about 1.1 grams) of the following foods:
|Acerola cherry||Apple||Organic Noni||Organic Tart Cherry|
|Organic Purple Grape||Organic Hawthorn Berry||Organic Banana||Organic Blackberry|
|Organic Blueberry||Peach||Pear||Organic Pineapple|
|Kiwi||Organic Lemon||Organic Orange||Papaya|
|Rose Hip||Watermelon||Cayenne Pepper|
We are not told how much each ingredient makes up the 1139 mg in the Fruit Blend. We can assume that ingredients at the top of the table make up the most and those at the end make up the least. For example, since cayenne pepper is listed last, it makes up the least of the Fruit Blend.
Of the 30 different ingredients in the Fruit Blend, only 12 are indicated as being “organic.”
The Fruit Blend contains many ingredients like noni and hawthorn berry, which most people don't eat regularly.
The supplement does contain tart cherry. See my review of Tart Cherry Juice.
7 Vegetable Blend
Each packet of Texas SuperFruit Select contains 1003 mg (about 1 gram) of a Vegetable Blend which consists of the following foods:
|Organic Carrot||Organic Spinach||Organic Beet Root||Sweet Potato|
|Asparagus||Bell Pepper||Black Radish||Broccoli Sprout|
|Brussels Sprouts||Cauliflower||Celery Stock||Dandelion Greens|
|Organic Ginger||Organic Kale||Organic parsley||Yucca|
|Organic Aloe Vera Whole Leaf||Organic Garlic||Organic Onion||Zucchini|
Read the table from left to right to see which ingredients are present the most and least. For example, since green beans are last, they make up the least of the Vegetable Blend.
There are 25 different vegetables in this blend, with 10 listed as organic.
Each packet only provides about 1 gram each for the vegetable and fruit blends (1139 mg and 1003 mg respectively). To put things in perspective, there are 28 grams in 1 ounce.
8 Nutritional Support Blend
Each packet of SuperFruit Select provides 850 mg of the following ingredients.
|S. Cerevisiae||Acerola Cherry|
|Organic Annatto Leaf||Organic Annatto Seed|
Acerola Cherry is a source of vitamin C and other nutrients. The S. Cerevisiae is brewer's yeast, mentioned above. It's a source of various B vitamins and minerals. Annatto contains vitamin E and other nutrients.
9 Algae, Grass & Mineral Blend
|Organic Barley Grass||Wheat Grass||Organic Oat Grass|
|Organic Chlorella||Fulvic Mineral||Organic Spirulina|
|Diatomaceous Earth||Organic Dulse||Organic Kelp|
Notice the table contains “Fulvic mineral.” What's that? Fulvics are compounds produced from the breakdown of plant materials. It provides a variety of minerals.
Plants can then use these minerals and help us when we eat them. The label says “Fulvic mineral” (singular). Does this refer to a specific mineral? I cannot say.
Dulse is a type of red seaweed. As a seaweed, it likely contains some iodine and other minerals.
For more, see the Shilajit video on my youtube channel.
10 Enzyme Blend
|Protease SP||Fungal Amylase||Fungal Lactase|
These look like enzymes that digest protein, fat, and carbohydrates. Do you have problems digesting protein, fats, or carbs? If yes, they might help you. But if you don't have issues with digestion, they may be of little value.
11 Probiotic Blend
Here are the probiotic bacteria that make up the blend in the product:
|Lactobacillus acidophilus||Bifidobacterium lactis||Bifidobacterium bifidum|
|Bifidobacterium longum||Bifidobacterium infantis||Lactobacillus salvarius|
|Lactobacillus plantarum||Lactobacillus rhamnosus|
Both the enzyme blend and probiotic blend are grouped on the label into what they call “Digestive Support.” While they don't tell us how much of each is in the product, they do say that both the Enzyme Blend and Probiotic Blend add up to 121 mg total.
When it comes to probiotic supplements, labels often tell us the genus and species of the bacteria used, but I like to know what strain of bacteria a product is providing.
The strain of the probiotic drills down further and tells us exactly the type of bacteria used.
For example, if a probiotic used”Lactobacillus acidophilus,” Lactobacillus is the genus (the largest category) and acidophilus is the species (the next largest category), but what specific type (strain) of acidophilus is being used? Knowing the actual strain used can let us look up the actual research on that probiotic supplement.
12 Does Texas Super Food Contain Stimulants?
Texas SuperFood does not have any caffeine or other stimulants. That's good.
13 Are The Capsules Different Than Texas Super Food Powder?
Texas Superfood comes in both powder and capsules. Are they different? No, they are the same thing. Take note of the table above that shows how the Super Fruit Select has no vegetables. Other than that, they are all basically the same thing.
There are some differences in the amounts of probiotics and enzymes between the different types of Texas SuperFood. Here is how they differ:
|Texas SuperFood (Powder)||Texas SuperFood Select (capsules)||Texas SuperFood Singles|
|Fruit Blend||2268 mg||1139 mg||1521 mg|
|Vegetable Blend||2204 mg||1003 mg||1233 mg|
|Nutritional Support Blend||None listed||875 mg||None listed|
|Algae, Minerals, Grass and Seed Blend||1463 mg||672||906|
|Enzyme Blend||245 mg||121||150|
A few things about this table. Notice that some versions don't appear to have a “nutritional support” component. That's not a big deal for the reasons I mentioned above. Also note the category “Algae, Minerals, Grass, and Seed Blend.”
This is basically the same as the “Algae, Seed, and Mineral Blend” described in the above section dealing with the Super Fruit supplement. It looks like some versions have a seed component while others do not.
I know it's confusing…
14 Any Sweeteners?
The label for Texas SuperFruit Select (30 stick packs) lists the following “Organic SuperFruit Flavoring.”
- Acacia gum (organic)
- Natural berry flavor (organic)
- Stevia extract (organic)
15 What Is A Super Food?
The term superfood was invented to give people the impression the food or ingredient had certain special properties not found in other foods. In reality, you could call ANY fruit or vegetable a “superfood” because of the abundance of research showing they are healthy.
I think all foods are superfoods but especially those that are colorful.
16 Who Makes Texas Superfood?
The TexasSuperFood.com website gives this address for the company: 2387 Midway Road, Carrollton, Texas 75006. So, the company really is based in Texas – that's good!
According to the BBB, another name for Texas SuperFood is Nuplexa Wellness Group. This is the same address as another company called NOW Wellness Centers of America. I believe these companies are related because Dennis Black is listed on the BBB files for both companies.
Here is the BBB file for Nuplexa Group
Here is the BBB file for NOW Wellness Centers of America
Companies often have alternative names so this is not a major concern.
17 Texas SuperFood Guarantee
The product website states that Texas Superfood has a 30-day money-back guarantee. You can return the unused portion for a full refund, minus shipping/handling. The 30-day guarantee starts the day the product is ordered – not when it arrives at your home.
For more information on returns, call the company at 844-553-7374.
18 Contact Texas SuperFood
- The contact number listed on the website is 888-363-6888.
19 Any Connection To Plexus Slim?
No. They are different companies. See the review of Plexus Slim for more on that product.
20 Texas SuperFood Side Effects
In healthy people, I believe Texas Superfood is probably pretty safe. Here are a few things to keep in mind for those who are not “healthy.”
- Start with less than recommended for the first week.
- If you take ANY medications, show the ingredients to your doctor AND pharmacist.
- Stop taking the product at least 2 weeks before having surgery, including dental surgery
- Avoid consuming anything for at least 3o minutes after taking thyroid medicine.
- Speak to your doctor first if you are pregnant or nursing
21 Make Your Own Super Food
Yes, you can – and it's easy. ANY salad or fruit and veggie smoothie you make in your kitchen will be teeming with antioxidants and plant chemicals. In fact, doing it this way also provides a LOT of fiber that Texas SuperFood does not have.
If you like organic foods, that's great, although the research shows that people who eat more fruits and veggies –regardless of them being organic – are healthier.
The research does not show foods have to be organic fruits and vegetables. I mention this because I know many people are on a budget. I'd rather people eat more fruits and vegetables rather than spend extra money – they might not have – on organic versions.
22 Does Texas SuperFood Work?
Since it contains extracts of foods, Texas SuperFood will probably raise levels of vitamins and antioxidants in the body. The bigger question is whether it's better than a salad or fruit and vegetable smoothie you make yourself using real, whole foods.
Here's Texas Super Food on Amazon
Sharon Szabo says
In the radio ads, a woman who is purportedly reading the list of ingredients says “langoustine…” A langoustine is a shellfish similar to a lobster. Not sure how that qualifies as a fruit, vegetable or green.
Hi Sharon, langoustine huh? I just searched the Texas Superfood website and didn’t see langoustine mentioned. Did you hear langoustine clearly mentioned? Ill try to listen closely when I hear the commerical again. Did you hear this mentioned on the radio or TV?
ex employee says
He’s not a PhD. He’s not a doctor at all. He has a fake degree from a fake Naturopath school. He was told by the Texas Medical Board to remove the word Doctor from the stuff he sells because it’s not true.
Also, Nuplexa, Texas SuperFood, NPN Group, Mountain Springs Market, Nuplexa Wellness Centers, Dr. Black’s Best etc are all his companies.
http://www.tmb.state.tx.us/dl/1DD0EEBE-4CE2-6F44-26CE-D408E9FEB53D (click to download pdf file). here’s what the file says:
“Black, Dennis, No License, Carrollton
On June 6, 2014, the Board entered a Cease and Desist Order regarding Dennis Black prohibiting him from acting as, or holding himself out to be, a licensed physician in the state of Texas. Mr. Black shall not refer to himself as Dr. Dennis Black, Dr. Dennisblack.com, Dr. Black, and Dr. Dennis Black, N.D., without clearly designating that he is not a medical doctor and that he is not licensed to practice medicine in the state of Texas. This applies to Mr. Black’s information listed
in websites, products he attempts to sell, letterhead, stationary, postings in and around his office and in any advertising materials, or as designated in Medical Practice Act, Section 165.156. The designation that he is not a medical doctor and that he is not licensed to practice medicine in Texas, shall appear immediately following any reference to “Doctor” or “N.D.” and the designation must immediately reference the authority under which the title is used. The Board found Mr.
Black, through his website, used the designation of doctor without adequately disclosing the basis upon which he used the designation and that Mr. Black engaged in the practice of medicine by offering to treat people. Mr. Black also maintains a Facebook page of “Dr. Dennis Black, Carrollton, Texas.” On this Facebook page Mr. Black gives health tips and medical advice. Mr. Black also has a radio show called “Dr. Dennis Black Live on Word 100.7, Christian Talk Radio.”
Jodi Osborn says
Why do you, the author, state the business names in this article as “The company that makes Texas Superfood is called Nuplexa. Other names for the company are Nuplexa Group and Nuplexa Wellness Centers of America.
Then state “BBB Ratings for Better Business Bureau gives Nuplexua Group a rating of “A-“ and Now Wellness Centers of America a rating of “F.””
Why under BBB Ratings with links is Nuplexa changed to Nuplexua and
Nuplexa Wellness Centers of America changed to Now Wellness Centers of America? Why do both links go to the same place. Links should be removed/corrected.
Why do you post the contact info for NOW instead of Nuplexa? “To contact NOW Wellness Centers of America, the BBB lists this number: 544-372-5225.”
Please correct this misleading information. Thank you
Hi Jodi, I thank you for sharing your thoughts on this. Texas Superfood, Nuplexa Group and Now Wellness Centers do seem to be related. The BBB files for Nuplexa and NOW wellness both list Dennis Black (of Texas Superfood) and they both have the same address 2387 Midway Road Carrollton, TX 75006. That said, I’ve looked over the review and tried to make it more easier to read and so I thank you for that. If you have any other questions, just ask.
mick thomas says
Justin and Ali seem like paid shrills. I do know the title DR BLACK has been deleted off the radio, probably because he isn’t a doctor. Seems like it may be a good supplement, however.
Hi Mick, its been a while since Ive heard the Texas Superfood commercial. Thanks for the heads up on Dr. Black. I cant speak to him. I never noticed him during my research. It may be a great product. I did not try it.
Well, he IS a doctor, but not an MD. He’s a PhD.
Since starting Dr. Black Super food my numbers of all my blood test have been the best ever!
I used to be all over the board (Triglycerides, Cholesterol and such) every 4mo or so but after I started using this (power, Ensure, Almond Milk shake) each morning everything has leveled out.
My last visit to my doctor was perfect, he gave me an A+ in all categories. I didn’t change much of anything in my diet except I do watch a little more of what I eat now. I haven’t had any issues with the company with supplying the product or delivery. I purchase the family size power and it will last me around 3- 31/2 months so it is cost effective for me & I get 3 each order which will last a long time.
Hi Justin, I’m glad your cholesterol etc numbers are doing well. Thanks also for mentioning the other name for Texas Superfood – “Dr. Blacks Superfood.” I didn’t know this.
I have been taking Texas Superfoods for a couple of years now! I have more energy, glowing skin, and have lost weight 20lbs and kept it off…
I know that Texas Superfoods contain salivary amylase ..The enzyme neccesary to begin the process of breaking down starcheS..Most of us do not have enough of this digestive enzyme in our saliva..Research has shown if the process of digestion begins with the saliva then overall glucose levels remain within the normal range..Adequate amylase also boost the immune system and keeps it in check.
Give this a shot you may really like it!
Mark Thorson says
Fulvic acid is bad news. Read more about it here:
Mark, that’s an interesting read and his write up gives me an idea why I had trouble finding information on it. His website is refreshingly retro. I loved it!
Robin S. says
As a nutritionist and food scientist, please allow me to say that when it comes to fruits and vegetables, processing (in this case dehydrating and/or heating so that powder and capsules can be made), will destroy some of the nutrients and other phytochemicals in the food.
Also, as was mentioned, the loss of fiber is a major concern. A person is almost always better off eating these foods minimally processed. “Mother Nature knows best.”
Well, Father God who made us knows best. He’s the Lord of all that is and “Mother Nature” too.