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 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 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 cu
rrently 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 5 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 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. Its true 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 that 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, on the table above many of the 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 of 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 brewers 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? Fulvic 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.
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 It Have Any Stimulants?
No, Texas SuperFood does not have any caffeine or other stimulants. That's good.
13 Are The Capsules Different?
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 is 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 on them 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.
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
- Speak to first your doctor 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? For those who may not have time to eat food, then I suppose this supplement could be an option.