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.
What Is Texas SuperFood?
The product website (TexasSuperFood.com) describes supplement it 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 wheat grass and algae (mentioned below)? Either way, all this means is 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.
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 currently 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 run down on its evidence.
Types Of Texas SuperFood
There are 5 different types of this supplement. For the most part all the different types of Texas SuperFood have the same ingredients. Here is a quick run down 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 product doesn't have the nutrient in question. For example, since Texas SuperFruit Select has no vegetables, that cell is empty in its column.
Even though they are not specifically mentioned, ALL forms of the product contain vitamins and minerals. They have to 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.
In the table above, notice that 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 are able to naturally 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 the probiotcs too. It's true probiotics can have healthy benefits, but there is not much probiotics in the product. For example, Texas SuperFood select has just 121 mg combined for both probiotics and enzymes. That's not much.
Texas SuperFruit Select Ingredients
Texas SuperFruit Select appears to be one of the flagship versions of this line of supplements. It has the same ingredients as the Original Texas SuperFood as well as other things too.
So I'll use it in this review.
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|
Looking over the Nutrition Facts table, I thought a few things were worth mentioning:
The Nutrition Facts table states that the product has 400 IU of vitamin D. It also says that this is “100% of the daily value for this nutrient.” Daily Value is not always the same thing as the RDA – recommended dietary allowance. I mention this because the RDA for vitamin D has been increased to 600 IU for most people.
Also notice on the table above that many of the vitamins come from something called “S. cerevisiae.” What's that? The term S. cerevisiae is short for Saccharomyces cerevisiae. This is the scientific name for brewers yeast.
If you take Brewers Yeast supplements, you are already getting most of these vitamins.
Now Let's cover the different blends of nutrients in Texas SuperFruit Select.
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|
While we are not told how much of each ingredients make 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, my guess is 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.” I mention this in case it matters to anyone.
The Fruit Blend contains many ingredients, some of which might not be commonly consumed by people such as hawthorn berry and noni.
I was happy to see tart cherry listed at the top of the list. See my review of Tart Cherry Juice for more on that supplement.
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 listed last, my hunch is they make up the least of the Vegetable Blend.
There are 25 different vegetables in this blend, with 10 listed as organic. That doesn't personally matter to me but I know it does to some, so that is why I'm mentioning it.
It's worth noting that each packet is only providing 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.
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 brewers yeast, mentioned above. It's a source of various B vitamins and minerals. Annatto contains vitamin E and other nutrients. For more on this, see its WebMD page.
Whether or not this combination of nutrients improves immunity or reduces infections in humans is unknown to me.
Algae, Grass and 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? I had not run into this type of mineral before so it got my attention. From what I could determine, a fulvic mineral is a mineral that is made inside bacteria and other microorganisms that live in the dirt (soil).
Plants, in turn, then can use these minerals – and in turn help us when we eat them. It sounds fine to me but I'm not sure whether being “fulvic” confers any special properties to the mineral or not?
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.
|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 absorb the nutrients in Texas SuperFood. But if you don't have issues with digestion, I'm not sure they will help.
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.
Probiotics are very popular and there is intriguing research that the health of our intestines (our “gut”) plays a role in our overall health. When it comes to probiotic supplements, product 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.
Unfortunately, bacteria strain is not often listed on supplement labels. Rather, they often only tell us the genus and species of the probiotic bacteria. That's great, but the strain helps us to pinpoint more specifically what's being used. Different strains of a bacteria might have different effects.
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.
Think of the bacteria strain like the type of a car. For example, someone might drive a Hyundai Sonata. Hyundai is the genus of the car and Sonata is the species – but what type (strain) of Sonata is it? Is it a regular Sonata or is it a “Limited” version?
Does It Have Any Stimulants?
No, Texas SuperFood does not have any caffeine or other stimulants. That's good.
Are The Capsules Different?
Not really. Whether it's powdered or in capsules, Texas SuperFood basically has the same ingredients. Take note of the table above that shows how the Super Fruit Select has no vegetables. Other than that, I'm not aware of any major differences in ingredients.
I did however notice 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 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…
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)
What Is A Super Food?
The term super food 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 “super food” because of the abundance of research on them showing they are healthy. Here is a a great bookthat describes all the research if you want to know more.
I think all foods are super foods but especially those that are colorful.
Who Makes Texas Superfood?
The TexasSuperFood.com website gives this address for the company: 2387 Midway Road Carrollton, Texas 75006. Searching online for this address shows a building called “Nuplexa Wellness Center.” So, the company really is based in Texas – that's good!
According to the BBB, another name for Texas Super Food is Nuplexa Wellness Group. The BBB file lists this other address: 2387 Midway Rd
Carrollton, TX 75006-2521. This is the same address as another company called NOW Wellness Centers of America. I beleive these companies are related because Dennis Black is listed on the BBB files for both companies.
Companies often have alternative names so this is not a major concern.
See the BBB files for updates and more information.
Texas SuperFood Guarantee
The product website states that Texas Superfood has a 30 day money back guarantee for those not satisfied. People just have to return the unused portion for a full refund, minus shipping/handling. It is important to remember that the 30 day guarantee, begins 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.
How To Contact Texas SuperFood
- The contact number listed on the product website is: 888-363-6888.
- They also provides this email address: Info@TexasSuperFood.com. For faster service, I recommend calling them.
Any Connection To Plexus Slim?
The company that makes the Texas SuperFood is Nuplexa Group. Since Nuplexa sounds – a wee bit – like Plexus Slim, some might wonder if these products are related. They are not. Nuplexa and Plexus Slim are totally different companies.
See the review of Plexus Slim for more on that product.
Texas SuperFood Side Effects
In healthy people, I believe Texas Superfood is very safe. That said, here are a few things to keep in mind for those who are not “healthy.”
- If you take ANY medications, show the ingredients to your doctor AND pharmacist. If you see a dietitian (RD), show the ingredients to that person too. That's just to make sure there would be no interactions with medications you take.
- Stop taking the product at least 2 weeks before having surgery.
- Speak to first your doctor if you are pregnant or nursing.
Can You 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 which 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.
Check out this bookfor the evidence on how fruits and veggies can help.
Does It Work?
I'd need to see published, clinical research to know for sure, but my guess is that Texas SuperFood will probably raise levels of vitamins and antioxidants in the body. I make this assumption based on the fact that does have food extracts and because of the research I've seen for Juice Plus, another whole food supplement as well as what food itself will do. The bigger question is whether Texas SuperFood is better than a salad or fruit and vegetable smoothie you make yourself using real, whole foods? That of course would take research to prove either way. For those who may not have time to eat food, then Texas Superfood may be an option.
I understand the convenience factor of popping a few capsules or adding a scoop of a powder to juice – and there is nothing wrong with that. If this gets someone to start thinking about what else they can do to be healthier, then Texas SuperFood can be a good jumping off point to better nutrition. Just make sure it's not the only healthy nutrition thing you do, and you should be OK.Here's Texas SuperFood on Amazon.