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Beyond Meat: 100% Plant Protein Meat Alternatives Review

Beyond Meat

Overall Rating: 3.5 STARS

About Beyond Meat:

“We believe there is a better way to feed the planet. Our mission is to create mass-market solutions that perfectly replace animal protein with plant protein. We are dedicated to improving human health, positively impacting climate change, conserving natural resources and respecting animal welfare. At Beyond Meat, we want to make the world a better place and we’re starting one delicious meal at a time.”

Here are a few ways I’ve used the Beyond Meat products:

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My Thoughts:

I don’t believe I’ve ever given a product a rating of more than 3 stars without a single organic ingredient. Let me explain.

I believe that what Beyond Meat is doing here with these products is pretty profound. They are not the first brand to introduce meat-free alternatives, but they are one of the first to make several 100% plant based meat alternatives that taste excellent. Even my husband says that he could eat the Beyond Meat “Beef” Crumble for the foreseeable future without missing beef.

I can wrap my mind around the idea that perhaps organic ingredients are not used in this case because Beyond Meat has even stated that their GOAL is to “create mass-market solutions.” To me, this means that they are wishing to be very far reaching from the very beginning. Organic sourcing is more difficult (and often more expensive) to nail down, so, it doesn’t surprise me that I don’t see a boat load of organic ingredients in their products. I did, however, try them and enjoy them because they are non-gmo (which is a must).

I am in no way making excuses for why it’s acceptable to not boast a single organic ingredient–simply trying to paint the whole picture. I very much wish I could rave about these products, say how great the organic ingredients are and recommend them in a screaming voice from the rooftops. I can’t do that, though, However, I can applaud them for the flavor of what they’ve created and their commendable efforts: ” improving human health, positively impacting climate change, conserving natural resources and respecting animal welfare.” I have to say, though, I do believe that a true dedication to that mission includes sourcing organic ingredients and making that have the utmost priority (over profit and expansion).

I was lucky enough to meet the enthusiastic dude behind these products, Brian Kincaid, at Expo West this year. (Pictured below). His passion was infectious. I know he is on the right track and I’m sure that Beyond Meat will only continue to grow, improve and nourish bodies.

I see these products as a good non-gmo, more-alkaline option of plant-based protein that satisfies the taste buds.

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FAVORITE: Medicinal Foods: Organic, Raw Superfoods & Superherbs Review

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Potent superfood products by Medicinal-Foods™

Medicinal Foods

Overall Rating: 5 Stars

About Medicinal Foods:

“I created Medicinal Foods to share what I picked up along my quest for health.  We source from traditional Ayurvedic, Amazonian and Chinese Herbal medicinal wisdom. Combining this ancient plant knowledge with cutting – edge health and wellness technology, we deliver to you:

The Ancient Future of Food:

Superfood Chocolate, Cacao Elixir, Tonic Blends, Micronized Medicinal Mushrooms and more!

Medicinal Foods, slated as one of the next great health and wellness companies, delivers superfoods to support you on your healing journey. The name “Medicinal-Foods” was also born of the popular Hippocrates quote, “Let food be thy medicine and” the 2nd part and more profound”…let medicine be thy food“.

Our products are tasty, easy to use and effective in assisting one in transitioning to a more whole live raw foods diet. “Shaman’s Blend” combines superfoods, super-greens, tonic herbs, mood enhancers, hemp protein into our signature products: Cacao Elixir, Superfood Chocolate Bars, Truffles and Chocolate Covered Hawaiian Macnuts.

These “Mood-Enhancing” chocolate products provide an incredible experience of peace and well-being. We also promote cutting edge health products and lifestyle choices that can make an incredible difference in your life today!

Please enjoy my free gifts below!

In Radiant Health,

~Sky Kubby, CEO, Director of Wellness, Medicinal-Foods, LLC

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CACAO ELIXIR™ Raw Chocolate Powder blended with Superfoods

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CACAO ELIXIR™ Raw Chocolate Powder blended with Superfoods
Medicinal Foods Cacao Elixir™

“A raw chocolate superfood mix to BOOST you on your quest for health! A MUST-HAVE for chocolate lovers and cacao connoisseurs seeking a lifestyle of wellness and deep nourishment!

This tasty raw cacao mix can be blended as a superfood smoothie or to make a nutrient-dense hot chocolate, oatmeal or even ice cream.

Cacao Elixir Benefits:

  • A morning Cacao Elixir can give you great energy for your day!
  • Loaded with antioxidants, nutrients, mood enhancers and plant protein, you can really feel it!
  • Can replace coffee, or be mixed together to make a Mocha
  • Can be used as a meal replacement to begin dropping pounds of unwanted colon matter!
  • Curbs appetite and can also be used for weight loss.

CHI TONIC Wild-Crafted TCM Powdered Energy Herbs Blend

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CHI TONIC Wild-Crafted TCM Powdered Energy Herbs Blend
Chi Tonic

“Ancient Taoist and Zen Masters ate these “Superior” herbs, as Superfoods for radiant health of Body, Mind and Spirit. Many of these powerful adaptogens help resist stress, replenishing Energy and Life Force, Tonifying Organs and the Blood.”

LOVE TONIC Women’s Hormone Balancing Herbal Tonic Powder

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LOVE TONIC Women’s Hormone Balancing Herbal Tonic Powder
Love Tonic

“A daily Tonic to nourish the Feminine. Helps build Blood and Upright Chi, while increasing Female “Elixirs”. By building Yin Jing, rather than Yang Jing, a woman can better balance and regulate her hormones and sexual energies.”

SPIRIT TONIC Calming Wild-Crafted Herbal Tonic Powder

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SPIRIT TONIC Calming Wild-Crafted Herbal Tonic Powder
Spirit Tonic

“A potent and expansive “Shen” (Spirit) tonic to help increase self-awareness, enhance relaxation and instill a sense of peace by creating a connection between the Heart, Mind and Spirit.  Ancient Taoists and Zen masters revered these Shen herbs for use on their spiritual path.”

Lover’s Bar – Original All Organic Raw Chocolate Bar with Medicinal Mushrooms

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Original All Organic Raw Chocolate Bar with Medicinal Mushrooms
Original Raw Chocolate Lover’s Bar

“That’s right, we are giving a way a FREE Lovers Bar with ANY purchase! Just use the coupon code at checkout: lovers and the price of the Lover’s Bar will be take off of your order.

Superfood Chocolate packed with Superfoods, Superherbs, Aphrodisiacs, Medicinal Mushrooms, Hemp Protien and Mood Enhancersthis is not your ordinary chocolate bar!  Experience the feeling and alertness that comes with just one bite!”

RAW ORGANIC CHIA SEEDS Protein & Vitamin Loaded Mayan Superfood

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RAW ORGANIC CHIA SEEDS Protein & Vitamin Loaded Mayan Superfood
RAW ORGANIC CHIA SEEDS

“A member of the Sage family, “Chia” is the Mayan word for strength. Also called “Indian Running Food” and used by the Inca’s and Aztecs, Chia is loaded in digestible protein, vitamins, minerals, EFAs and is really a superfood of superfoods!

Chia is believed to build strength, endurance, energy, balance blood sugar and be a great colon cleanser!  The Tarahumara tribes run hundreds of miles, sometimes on only a couple mouthfuls of Chia.

By simply replacing one meal a day with a Cacao Elixir mixed with our Organic Chia Seeds, you could flush out 3-5 pounds of unwanted colon matter your first week! Substitute your first meal with the Chocolate Chia Pudding (See Recipes in The Raw Chocolate Diet).

Chia is an incredible source of protein, is a natural colon cleanser and is extremely hydrating to your colon. The seeds are hydrophilic, meaning they can absorb up to 12 times their size in water!”

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My Thoughts:

I am so enthralled by this brand, Medicinal Foods. If I could give this brand infinity stars, I would! Medicinal Foods is the stuff that my food dreams are made of. Seriously. Sky Kubby, founder of Medicinal Foods, really, really, really gets it. He has a passion for healing through food and I can relate to that, big time. He also walks the walk–is a super healthy dude and is enthusiastic about his products, infectiously so. I simply can’t say enough good things about this brand and this founder.

I was lucky enough to receive some goodies to try from Sky and have been enamored with these products ever since.

I have been on the raw, organic cacao train for a while now, seeing it as an awesomely tasty and healthy superfood that can be used a bazillion different ways. Not only does Medicinal Foods use raw cacao, but they use a unique blend of other superfoods and super-herbs in the Cacao Elixir: spirulina, maca, lucuma, chlorella, ashwagandha, mesquite, mucuna puriens, l-dopa.

Okay, so, I’m sure many of you think, “Do you feel different when you eat superfoods? Do they REALLY help?”

I can earnestly, honestly say that I have never ever felt healthier than I do now–and my regimen is high in superfoods. I truly feel super-powered, alive, rejuvenated, healthy, energetic and just plain awesome. It’s worth every last penny to invest in products like these. They will take your health to the next level, no matter how healthy you already feel you may be.

The same thing goes for the Chi, Love and Spirit tonics. It’s actually a bit comical what our kitchen looks like in the morning–my husband can vouch for this. My family calls it “Jesica’s drink station.” I pull out all of my superfood goodies and go into creating mode. I start every day with a tall superfoods drink. Along with these three tonic blends, I add the cacao elixir and whatever else I have on hand (cinnamon, ginger, moringa, turmeric, etc.)

The benefits of each ingredient in each of these tonics are abundant. I just open them up and think “down the hatch!” 🙂 I do my very best to never skip this part of my day because of how good it makes me feel. It’s livelihood and health in liquid form. I simply mix them with water–but you certainly could use any nut or seed milk instead, if you prefer. Almond and coconut milk are both good ones.

The Lover’s bar is exquisitely rich and decadent–and get this: healthy! Its a treat that you can and should feel really good about eating. This is far from your ordinary chocolate bar. It’s loaded with superfoods and super-herbs that will enhance your mood.

Sky also provided me with a bar of their chia seeds, which are a staple in my diet. Here’s how I do it: I fill up a ball about 1/4 full with chia seeds, then fill it to the top with water. Shake it up and then put it in the fridge overnight. In the morning, I have a goopy substance that I can easily add to smoothies and such. This jar full lasts me a few weeks. I view chia seeds as a healthy source of fat, protein and fiber–they also make smoothies even more filling!

If you haven’t grasped what I’d like you to, I’ll say it concisely:

I LOVE this brand and recommend it to EVERYONE.

The healing your body will receive by incorporating superfoods into your diet will be profound. You won’t ever look back–you’ll also wonder how you did it without them. It feels really good to harness and eat the goodness that occurs organically in nature.

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Organic India: Moringa, Neem & Turmeric Review

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Organic India

Overall Rating: 5 Stars

About Organic India:

Our Mission

To be a trustworthy and innovative global leader by providing genuine organic True Wellness products and solutions for conscious, healthy living.

Our Values

  • Service to all
  • Total integrity
  • Absolute commitment to quality
  • Respect and devotion to Mother Nature
  • No compromise on being who we are

Our Commitment

  • To deliver exceptional quality True Wellness organic foods and products to our consumers.
  • To introduce a unique and successful business modality that is committed to service, sanctity and integrity and therefore harms no one and benefits all.
  • To support natural sustainable organic agriculture practices that serve, honor and protect Mother Nature.
  • To support the livelihood and well-being of farmers and tribal wild crafters in rural India.

ORGANIC INDIA means absolute commitment to quality. All our products are organic, pure and natural, because you want the best for your family and so do we.

The guiding principles of our company are health and happiness for all beings and great respect for the Divine Mystery of Mother Nature who selflessly sustains humanity and naturally provides us all with a bounty of nourishing foods and healing herbs.

True Wellness

True Wellness is the guiding principle of ORGANIC INDIA. We embrace the fundamental truth that everything, and all of us are interconnected. We understand that in order for True Wellness to be, it must include All: All beings; the whole earth; the visible and the invisible. True Wellness is our guiding light, so that we can be loving, respectful and compassionate towards all beings, while caring for, and serving Mother Nature.

True Wellness is a sustainable, holistic vision, an open invitation for All to celebrate the divine gift of Life.”

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Turmeric

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“Turmeric (also known as haldi) is an herbal tonic known to support important blood and liver functions, and to be an abundant source of healthful antioxidants. These antioxidants work to protect cells from free radical damage, which is ultimately reflected in radiant, supple hair, skin and nails.

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Details:

  • Botanical name: Curcuma longa
  • Part used: Root.
  • Qualities: heating, pungent, bitter, and astringent.
  • Systems: Digestive, respiratory, and circulatory.
  • Ayurveda: Decreases Kapha, increases Pitta &Vata when used in excess.”

Moringa

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“Native to India, Moringa has been used worldwide to combat malnutrition. It is a nutritionally complex whole food naturally abundant in vitamins, minerals and amino acids. Daily use of Moringa can help to restore your imbalances, add concentrated superfood nutrition to your diet and help you to consume the recommended 6-10 servings of vegetables per day.

Moringa is considered one of the most complete, nutrientdense plants on Earth. Its leaves have been eaten for thousands of years as a superfood nutritional supplement. Containing over 90 nutrients, 46 antioxidants and abundant minerals, Moringa is often used to combat malnutrition in impoverished countries.

Gram for gram, Moringa contains more B12 than steak, more vitamin A than eggs, and more calcium than milk – this tree’s tiny leaves are big on nutrition.

Moringa leaves, often eaten as a vegetable, contain a such a potent profile of important minerals, trace minerals, protein, vitamins, beta-carotene, Vitamin C, all essential amino acids and various phenolics including quercetin and kaempferol that it truly qualifies for the title: Superfood. Its antioxidant polyphenols detox and protect the liver, boost immunity via several mechanisms, and support healthy blood sugar and lipids.

Neem

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In India, a rich history surrounds the neem tree – A tree whose many uses and ability to flourish in tough growing conditions inspired its botanical name, Azadirachta indica which translates to “The free tree of India.” 

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Neem is used internally to purify the body, externally to beautify the body, and therapeutically to soothe and heal the body inside and out. We blend the highest quality, organically grown Neem leaves, twigs, and flowers to create this purifying supplement. Traditionally used to help soothes skin irritations and support oral hygiene, Neem is also renowned for its support of healthy, radiant skin, hair, and nails. It is excellent when combined with Turmeric Formula.

Neem, perhaps the best responsible alternative to Goldenseal, is renown for millennia as a veritable pharmacy with every aspect of this 50 foot tall tree capable of offering a wealth of health.

In many cultures Neem  is highly regarded as a source of profound medicine, in fact ancient legends in India elevate it to the status of being a portal to heaven. It is the main cold catabolic bitter tonic used in several cultures and because it has molecules in it that can mimic the hormones of insects and microbes it has a broad range of anti-pest applications. At least 400 million people consume Neem every single day!

All in one!

Neem benefits parallel the actions of: bitters, tea tree, garlic, and aloe.”

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My Thoughts:

“Superfoods” are a very exciting topic for me. If you ask me, that word is used perhaps too often. To me, (in my own words, loosely described) superfoods are nutrient-packed foods that I eat purely because of the benefits they provide to my body. I view them as real food “multivitamins.” The most practical way I’ve devised to incorporate superfoods into my daily diet is to whip up a superfood drink in a blender bottle, every morning.

In this concoction, I include two of Organic India’s goodies: moringa and turmeric powder. Since the neem is in capsule form, I take it separately with some morning vitamins.

So, along with the moringa (about a teaspoon) and turmeric (about 1 tablespoon), I combine cacao and cinnamon. The healing powers of all of these ingredients makes me feel that I have super powers 🙂

Making this routine a staple in my morning routine allows me to splurge occasionally without guilt–since I know that I’m always getting a hefty dose of goodness in the morning. I’m all about percentage; the majority of the time I eat well (lots of organic & raw food), the rest of the time, I don’t obsess, I just aim to eat sensibly.

I digress–back to Organic India. Basically these products appear to be amongst the best (quality-wise) that you can get as far as herbs and spices go. They are grown organically, utilizing biodynamic agriculture & farming methods (specific crop rotation, adding homeopathic compounds to the soil) and there are no indications that these herbs and spices have been heated (still inquiring about this to be sure).

I love the natural energy and vitality boost that I get from superfoods like turmeric, moringa and neem. I can definitely tell a difference when I’m not in my routine of drinking them everyday. Not only can I feel the energy, but having this superfood routine creates a domino effect throughout my day. One healthy choice often snowballs into many healthy choices throughout the day. When you feel what makes your body truly feel good, you want to keep doing those things.

The “list” of benefits that these plants provide is abundant, however, my two favorites are that they promote clear skin and reduce inflammation in the body. The only speakable ailment I ever endure is severe menstrual cramps. Because of that, I’m always looking to increase my alkalizing foods intake and decrease my acidic foods intake. I try to do as much natural healing as possible & am always open to incorporating new dietary and supplementation tweaks to help myself. Turmeric, neem and moringa all help me accomplish this.

Mind you, these are also super easy to throw into a smoothie! Combining them with a spread of fruits and veggies will help mask the pungent flavor of the turmeric and the greenness of the moringa.

I’m happy to have discovered Organic India and look forward to trying their other health-promoting products!

Raw Generation Juice Cleanse Review

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Raw Generation

Overall Rating: 2 Stars

About Raw Generation:

“Never Heated, Pasteurized, or Pressurized (HPP)

Raw Generation Juices NEVER  heated, Pasteurized, or Pressurized (HPP). Our juices are NEVER exposed to heat of any kind…they are truly 100% raw. Flash freezing is the best way to preserve vitamins, minerals, enzymes, and micro flora without effecting taste or nutritional value.

Any form of Pasteurization, including High Pressure Pascallization (HPP), lowers the nutritional value of foods by raising temperature. Don’t be fooled by claims of “Gentle Pasteurization” either… that’s marketing hype to disguise the fact that the product has been heated.

Never Diluted

Our juices are made with 100% fruit and vegetable juices. We never add water so you can be assured you are getting the maximum amount of nutrition in each bottle.

No Harsh Chemicals Used

We use a safe and natural cleaning solution of water and vinegar to wash our fruits and vegetables. No harsh chemicals are used. What would be the point of drinking our juice if it were filled with a chemical residue?

No Preservatives or Additives

That means absolutely no chemicals, additives, preservatives, dyes, flavors, etc, etc. Nothing is added to our juices. Our ingredients are picked out of the ground or off a tree- fruits and vegetables ONLY!

Separation is Natural

Since our juice is freshly made with no fillers, binders, or chemicals it will naturally separate. Just give it a good shake before you are ready to drink it and it’s ready to go. This juice settles. You shouldn’t.

Opaque Bottles

We purposely stopped using clear bottles. Why you ask? Because clear bottles let in sunlight that destroys the nutrients faster than in opaque bottles. The choice was simple! We’re using opaque bottles so our juices stay as fresh as possible so you can get what you are after… high quality nutrition to help you lose weight and feel great!

BPA-Free Plastic Bottles

We use BPA free plastic bottles. You are drinking our juice because you want the health benefits right? So why would we sell it in a plastic leaching bottle? Plus, you can take these bottles anywhere! Rest assured that you are drinking nothing but juice from fruits and vegetables.”

In regards to the quality of the ingredients, I learned this about Raw Generation’s fruits and veggies:

“We purchase all our fruits and vegetables from a local wholesaler. Are products come from all over some local some not so local. We triple wash everything we produce to insure we remove any residue.”

To get started with Raw Generation, use the code “RUNONORGANIC” for 40% off!

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“Jessica”

About:

“Packed with the cleansing nutritional power of leafy spinach, kale, and collard greens, this specially formulated juice also includes bright notes of lemon and apple for a clean, sweet taste.

Each leafy green vegetable is bursting with a wide array of minerals (lacking in most peoples’ diets) and provides all essential amino acids, which means you get a nice dose of complete proteins! This is the best juice to incorporate into your daily diet and will give you noticeable results in a matter of a few days.

INGREDIENTS: [50% leafy greens: kale, spinach, collards], apple, carrot & lemon juices.”

“Elizabeth”

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“Our Elizabeth blend brings you a daily dose of our soothing and stimulating green juice blend. The result helps rid your body of harmful toxins while promoting optimal health you can feel from the inside and see on the outside.

Hydrating cucumber and aloe invigorate and refresh your vital organs and tissues, while the enzymes in sweet, ripe pineapple support optimal health and digestion.

INGREDIENTS: cucumber juice, pineapple juice, aloe vera juice.”

“Carolyn”

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“Replenish important vitamins & minerals with the delicious and filling juice. This nutrient-rich juice blends fruits and vegetables has absolutely no preservatives or added sugar.

The Carolyn contains apples, high in beta-carotene, malic acid, and vitamin C. The beets within the beverage boost fiber, folic acid, iron, magnesium, potassium, and vitamins A, B, and C. Carrots are high in B vitamins and Folate.

INGREDIENTS: carrot juice, apple juice, & beet juice.”

“Cecelia”

About:

“This juice quenches thirst and packs a powerful punch of antioxidants with a blend of carrot, ginger, and fresh squeezed orange juices. Not only does the juice help rid your body of toxins found in many of the foods you eat, it also provides your cells with components that help them heal and rebuild.

Ginger, a root rich in anti-inflammatory properties, gives the juice a little kick. The carrots are high in B vitamins, beta-carotene, and vitamin A (great for a healthy liver) and vitamin C. Oranges have a long list of nutritional benefits, such as being high in C & B vitamins, phytochemicals (powerful antioxidants).

INGREDIENTS: orange juice, carrot juice, & ginger juice.”

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My Thoughts:

I was really looking forward to trying Raw Generation juices after reading the story of how it all started. Moreover, I thought it was neat that they have a juice called “Jessica”–even though it has one too many “s” 😉

I really enjoyed the juices in regards to their flavor profiles and combinations. I like that “Elizabeth” contains aloe vera juice, “Cecelia” is a bright, orange smack-in-the-face, “Carolyn” gives you the hearty, robust goodness of beet juice, & “Jessica” loads you up with a bunch of leafy greens.

The creativity with the bottling (and using BPA-free bottles) along with the use of ultra-healthy ingredients like kale, ginger and aloe vera make me a fan of these juices. However, it’s hard for me to REALLY get on board with a brand that does not strive to always use organic ingredients.

I understand it is a much more costly route to creating juice. But, I always believe that proper and adequate nutrition is worth every dollar. Thus, I’d really be happy to continually support Raw Generation if they started using all organic ingredients. For that matter, indicating that the juices contain non-gmo ingredients would be a good first step in the right direction. For me, it’s hard to justify buying these cleanses when there are several other brands who make organic juice cleanses for about the same price.

I also get that it may be shocking to see such an unfavorable review for juice that is entirely made of fruits and vegetables. What can I say, my standards are very high. I aim for organic juice whenever possible (it’s always possible) 🙂