(PFR) by a company called Garden of Life, is a greens-based superfood drink powder. It’s founder Jordan Rubin, is a well-known health-activist who is often see on television. PFR also contains probiotics and enzymes. In this honest Garden of Life Perfect Food Raw review, we’ll try and separate the marketing hype by analyzing the label and determining the true value and effectiveness of the product.
Product Name: Perfect Food Raw
Company Name: Garden of Life
Owner(s): Jordan Rubin
Product Description: Whole food, greens-based, superfood formula
Rating: 9.1 out of 10
SUPERFOODS – GARDEN OF LIFE PERFECT FOOD RAW REVIEW
Perfect Food Raw has an extensive list of superfoods in their formula. It is organized on the label in three categories: Raw Organic Green Juice Blend, Raw Organic Veggie Juice Blend, Raw Organic Sprout Blend.
Green Juice Blend:
This section contains 5 superfoods: Organic Barley Grass Juice, Organic Wheat Grass Juice, Organice Kamut Grass Juice, Organic Alfalfa Grass Juice, Organic Oat Grass Juice. These are all very good greens-based superfoods that are loaded with phytonutrients. It’s not often that you see Kamut Grass in superfood drink formulas. This is an obscure, ancient grass very similar to wheat grass and alfalfa grass.
Veggie Juice Blend:
The veggie juice blend is quite extensive with 18 different superfood vegetables and all extremely beneficial. Everything from spinach, beet to kale and ginger. I’m very impressed with the range and variety of vegetable juice extracts used in this formula.
Again, 13 sprouted veggies in this section and amazing selections. A very impressive collection of some of the Earth’s healthiest substances including Quinoa and Chia seeds.
Simply put, the variety and comprehensiveness of the superfoods in this formula are exceptional. Not only that, they are in the form of organic juice extracts. This is phenomenal. The juice is where the phytonutrient content of a plant live –which is why juicing organic, raw produce is so healthy. Most products use the powder from the whole plant instead of the juice because it is far less expensive.
The only blemish of this formula is that the total potencies of all these superfoods is less than 6 grams per serving. Though not a deal-breaker, 6 grams is just not as potent as other reviewed superfood drinks on this site. Compare with Athletic Greens (probably the best tasting green drink) that contains 8.5 grams of organic superfoods or to Living Green Supreme Food and you will notice you get 8 grams per serving with LGSF with the added benefit of fermented grasses.
The other mild concern is that we don’t know how much of each ingredient is in the product. How much kale? How much quinoa? How much beet juice? Sometimes, companies will put a tiny smattering of a nutrient in a formula because they want the ingredient on their label when the health benefits from such a small amount are irrelevant. I’m not suggesting this is the case with PFR but that’s just my point: there’s no way of knowing.
SUPERFOODS SCORE: 9.4
NUTRITION BREAK DOWN – GARDEN OF LIFE PERFECT FOOD RAW REVIEW
The lion share of this formula is the superfoods section and the superfoods are so extensive that it really does not need much more to make it an incredibly nutritious formula. With that being said, PFR did include a probiotic/enzyme formula which I always feel is important in a superfood drink product. When you are ingesting the level of phytonutrients and nutrient-dense calories from these type of foods, it’s nice to do so with probiotics and enzymes to help with caloric utilization. The problem is, the entirety of the probiotics and enzymes in Perfect Food Raw is a mere 100 mg. This is a very small amount.
There’s also no separate antioxidant section, no protein, no additional herbs. Granted, the quality and amount of superfood ingredients are loaded with antioxidants, many superfood drinks will add certain antioxidants and protein and other ingredients to make the formula more well-rounded.
NUTRITIONAL PANEL SCORE: 8.8
TASTE – GARDEN OF LIFE PERFECT FOOD RAW REVIEW
Okay, so the good news is that the superfoods in PFR are exceptional and they are juice extracts, making them more potent. The bad news is that because of this the taste will slap you right across the face. Yep. It’s strong and potent and will automatically eliminate a lot of people from using this product. But in all honesty, for me, this is a badge of honor. It makes me confident that the stuff is excellent for you.
This is a product you’re going to want to mix with other sweet things like fresh fruit, organic juices –things that will cover up the strong, grassy, taste. Man-up –it’s awesome for you! Make a health smoothie if you need to.
TASTE SCORE: 8.4
VALUE – GARDEN OF LIFE PERFECT FOOD RAW REVIEW
The value of PFR is better than most. This is always the hardest part of superfood drink reviews because every product is different. I try and look at the list of ingredients, the quality and potencies of the ingredients, the total cost and the amount of servings.
A 30-day supply of PFR is on average around $28. So this breaks down to just under $1 per serving. You are getting 10 grams of nutrition per serving and though there are many products where you can get upwards of three-times this amount, the 10 grams per serving are absolutely nutrient-dense and highly beneficial. And, for under a $1 per serving, I firmly believe PFR to be one of the best value-products of any superfood drinks. It’s a great lower-priced alternative to some of the high-end, high-dollar products I’ve reviewed such as Living Fuel Super Greens and Shakeology.
VALUE SCORE: 9.7
PROS & CONS – GARDEN OF LIFE PERFECT FOOD RAW REVIEW
- Exceptional superfood section with a long list of some of the best superfoods in the world
- Uses organic juice extracts which are by far the best way to go
- At under $1 per serving, Perfect Food Raw is an exceptional value
- Only 10 grams per serving is not a lot of nutrition compared to other, more expensive products
- The taste is like juicing lawn clippings. BEWARE
- The probiotics and enzyme section of the product is extremely low-potent – almost insignificant
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SUMMARY – GARDEN OF LIFE PERFECT FOOD RAW REVIEW
Perfect Food Raw is one of the better superfood drink products I’ve reviewed for the price. There are more comprehensive products, more potent formulas, but, PFR has an amazing list of superfoods that are almost unmatched. And, because they use organic juice extracts, you are ingesting the essence of the superfoods –the juice. The juice is where the phytonutrients live folks.
At under a buck a serving, this product is highly recommended for value and is by far the best mid-range superfood drink I’ve reviewed thus far.
One word about Jordan Rubin and Garden of Life. There has been some recent controversy about some of the claims he’s made about some of his products. The FDA has filed a suit against him based on inaccurate and unlawful claims. My thoughts on this are he needs to stop making such claims because they are unnecessary. The product will stand on it’s own merits.
The FDA needs to justify their existence and when a company reaches a certain level of financial success, look out, they’ll come calling. I find it beastly how the FDA will target raw-food, and nutritional supplement companies while billions of dollars are being made by large pharma selling poison. Makes me wonder who’s really controlling the FDA.
I hope this Garden of Life Perfect Food Raw Review has given you a better understanding of this product and feel free to ask any questions or leave a comment.
SFD OVERALL RATING: 9.1 out of 10
I’m Tyler Rose. I’ll be doing most of the writing on this site. I’ve been researching supplements and been involved in the “alternative health world” for almost a decade and a half.
My favorite supplements are undoubtedly superfood green drink powders. Why? Because if you find a good one -and one that you can tolerate the taste – superfood drinks are the most comprehensive supplement you can take. They are loaded with healthy phytonutrients from real, dark green, leafy vegetables and algae.
This site is devoted to green drink powder supplements and the ingredients that are often found in them. I’ve been taking these type of supplements since 2001 and they have become a staple of my diet. They should become a staple of yours as well.