Grown American Superfood Review: Pros & Cons, Ingredients & Customer Complaints
This review of Grown American Superfood has the full ingredient list, nutritional information, and the best and worst additions in this USA made organic green powder.
I’ll cover potential side effects, cost per serving, and where to buy it without accidentally signing up for auto-shipping.
Also ahead are pros and cons, customer complaints and if Grown American Superfood is worth the price compared to new competitors.
What Is Grown American Superfood?
Grown American Superfood is a powdered supplement advertised on TV and made from 31 USDA certified organic fruits, vegetables and sprouts. You can see it here in this 11.2 ounce resealable packet on Amazon with 30 servings of 8 grams.
Many people appear to be confused by the proper name of this product, with online searchers looking for ‘American Grown Superfood ‘, ‘Grown in America Superfoods’, ‘American Natural Superfood’ and even ‘Great American Superfood’.
The correct name though is Grown American Superfood and it is produced by Van Drunen Farms, who have their corporate headquarters at 300 West 6th St, Momence, IL in the United States.
The company state on their website that all of the ingredients used in this superfood powder are organically produced in the USA and certified to be free of pesticides and other toxins. They also say that their product is vegan, gluten-free, soy-free, dairy-free and non-GMO.
Grown American Superfood is heavily promoted by Dr. Kellyann Petrucci (M.S, N.D.), a well-known American naturopathic physician and nutritionist who has written best-selling books, such as ‘The Bone Broth Diet’ and appeared on television shows like Doctor Oz.
While Dr. Kellyann is the face of the product, on both her own website and the slick sales page at grownamericansuperfood.com, she does not appear to have been involved in the formulation. This is unusual for a premium superfood powder like this.
In many of the superfood powders I’ve researched, a highly qualified doctor develops the formula, such as Dr. Steven Gundry with the nutritionally superior Vital Reds here.
While Dr. Kellyann admits to just being “approached about being the expert for Grown American Superfood’s promotional video”, rather than having involvement in the formulation of the product, that doesn’t by itself make this a bad product or a scam.
Let’s have a proper look at the ingredient label and see whether this organic superfood powder is healthy and good value for money.
The product page on the Van Drunen Farms website lists the 31 organic whole fruits and vegetables in Grown American Superfood as:
- 5 organic concentrated leafy greens: Kale, Spinach, Wheatgrass, Barley Grass, Alfalfa Grass.
- 6 organic vegetables: Broccoli, Celery, Brussel Sprouts, Carrot, Green Bell Pepper, Pumpkin.
- 12 organic sprouts: Amaranth Sprout, Quinoa Sprout, Millet Sprout, Buckwheat Sprout, Garbanzo Bean Sprout, Lentil Sprout, Adzuki Sprout, Flax Sprout, Sunflower Sprout, Pumpkin Sprout, Chia Sprout, Sesame Sprout.
- 8 organic superfruits: Blueberry, Strawberry, Cranberry, Orange, Cherry, Lemon, Pear, Apple.
The site states that all of these veggies, fruits and sprouts are certified organic, grown in the USA, fresh picked and gently dried to retain nutrition. Additionally, they say there is a full serving of vegetables and half a serving of fruit in each 8 gram daily dose.
According to the Nutrition panel on Dr. Kellyann’s site, Grown American Superfood contains the following ingredients in order:
- Apple, Kale, Apple Fiber, Natural Apple Flavor, Spirulina, Stevia Extract, Alfalfa Grass, Barley Grass, Wheatgrass, Brown Rice, Carrot, Orange, Brussel Sprouts, Cherry, Cranberry, Pear, Blueberry, Strawberry, Broccoli, Adzuki Sprouts, Quinoa Sprouts, Amaranth Sprouts, Buckwheat Sprouts, Chia Sprouts, Flax Sprouts, Garbanzo Sprouts, Lentil Sprouts, Millet Sprouts, Pumpkin Sprouts, Sesame Sprouts, Sunflower Sprouts, Lemon, Spinach, Pumpkin, Green Bell Pepper, Celery, Sunflower Oil, Sunflower Lecithin.
This list is much more helpful because the product label should always show ingredients in order of volume, according to the accepted convention. In this way you can understand which fruits, vegetables and sprouts are used most and which have much smaller amounts by comparison.
I personally think it’s poor business practice for both the Van Drunen Farms website and their sales listings to not clearly show all ingredients in this conventional format.
Fortunately, since you’ve found this page, you have the necessary supplement information before you decide whether to buy this product. Regular customers are given much less detail prior to being asked to make a purchase.
The Nutrition Facts label on this supplement lists the following information per 8 gram serving:
- Calories: 25; Carbohydrates: 6 g; Dietary Fiber: 1 g; Total Sugars: 4 g; Protein: 1 g.
- Calcium: 12 mg; Iron 0.5 mg; Potassium: 63 mg; Vitamin A: 244 mcg; Vitamin C: 10 mg.
What’s notable here is the 4 grams of sugar per serving. That’s a full half of the 8 gram dosage and far too high for a product marketed as healthy. Mineral and vitamin amounts are also so low as to be nutritionally irrelevant.
Pros and Cons of Grown American Superfood
Having all the fruits, vegetables and sprouts in this superfood supplement certified organic and produced in America is the biggest plus or pro I can see for this product.
While many powdered greens use some organic ingredients, I can’t recall another one where every addition had USDA certification. (Update: Organifi Green Juice reviewed here does and is a far superior product).
High up on the list, the most nutritionally beneficial superfoods are kale, spirulina, barley grass and wheatgrass.
Further down, blueberry, broccoli and the various sprouts are all very healthy, though there’s a question as to how much of them the product actually contains.
As for the worst additions, the last two listed are sunflower oil and sunflower lecithin, both of which some people want to avoid for their high omega-6 fat content and other issues with processing and not being natural.
While sunflower is listed on the supplement label, it is only as ‘sunflower sprout’ on the company website and Amazon page. Not listing the addition of highly processed sunflower oil and lecithin, even if in small amounts, could be considered deceptive by some people.
Other additions like apple, apple fiber and brown rice are high up in the ingredients list, yet not particularly high in nutrients compared to those lower down on the label.
Additionally, ‘natural apple flavor’ and ‘stevia extract’, while much better than added sugar, are sweeteners that appear quite early on in the nutritional list so are likely in relatively large amounts.
This is probably the reason why customers say Grown American Superfood tastes so sweet but nutritionally it is definitely a con.
In fact, the ‘Nutrition Facts’ label lists 4 grams of total sugars per 8 gram serving, which makes this green powder unusually, and I would suggest unnecessarily, high in sugar content.
Directions for Use
The suggested dosage for this superfood powder is one 8 gram scoop from the packet per day. Used at this daily dose it will last for 30 days.
Dr. Kellyann’s product page suggests mixing this superfood powder in water, juice or yogurt. She also has a smoothie recipe you can add it to, though you’ll find much healthier smoothie recipes here to use.
Grown American Superfood is promoted as non-GMO, gluten-free, soy-free and dairy-free. The company list no side effects from their product that I could find on their website or Amazon page.
There are also no commonly reported negative effects that I found in customer feedback for this powdered fruit, veggies and sprouts supplement during my research.
The ingredients in this green powder shouldn’t cause side effects for the vast majority of people, unless they have a known allergy to one of the foods shown on the nutrition label above.
Where to Buy
If you’d like to try this product it is available here at Amazon with free shipping and lots of customer ratings and feedback. The multi packs are much better value, though this is still an expensive product compared to competitors.
Grown American Superfood Organic is also sometimes on eBay, though it’s not available at Walmart, Costco or other major retail stores.
While the product is obviously available on the Van Drunen Farms company site, I’d recommend being careful buying there.
There are many customer complaints online from people who accidentally signed up for ‘Preferred Member Enrollment’ and found it difficult to cancel ongoing payments.
This automatic shipping seems to be a requirement for the 14-day free trial and discount advertised on TV so beware if you don’t want this.
Cost per Serving
Taking the retail price of this product from Van Drunen Farms website, currently listed as $99.90 + $8.95 shipping, you have a total cost of $108.85 for a 30 day supply.
That works out at an extremely expensive $3.62 per daily dose, making Grown American Superfood the worst value green powder supplement per serve that I’ve covered so far.
Compare this with the significantly better Organifi Green Juice, at half the cost when you use this automatic extra discount, and it’s really hard to justify this high price.
It’s true that growing certified organic produce in America would be expensive, but Van Drunen Farms is a big operation and the fruits, veggies and seeds they use in this product aren’t that rare or expensive.
In fact, being a specialist wholesaler to the food industry, Van Drunen Farms should be able to manufacture their product at a much lower cost than most competitors.
Better Business Bureau currently has a A- rating for Grown American Superfood, yet all 6 ratings listed there are one star, the lowest rating.
Customer complaints appear to predominantly be regarding the 14-day free trial offer, with some people calling it a scam.
Most complaints from customers go into detail about the difficulty in canceling their order and receiving a refund.
Concerningly, some of these negative ratings also state that they were charged during the free trial and automatically sent more product than they believed they ordered.
Possibly these customers made a mistake, but it seems poor customer service that the company has not responded to any of these complaints on a well known business forum like BBB, leaving some very angry ex-customers with no explanation.
Amazon also has quite a few critical ratings of one star at the time of writing. Multiple customers complained about the small size of the product and the expensive price. Some people also called Grown American Superfood a scam and wrote “don’t waste your money”.
More positive star ratings do outnumber the negative ones on Amazon though. Predominantly people mention more energy and losing weight as benefits of taking this green superfood powder regularly.
The taste also seems well received, with some describing the flavor as being like apple juice. This is not surprising with apple flavoring so high in the ingredient list and total sugars a full half by weight.
Everything written in this Grown American Superfood review is just an opinion based on my detailed research and over 10 years of experience writing about superfoods.
Nothing here should be taken as personal criticism of any individual or company and, of course, personal results will always vary which can often explain customer complaints.
At the start of researching the product I was impressed that every fruit and vegetable in it is both certified organic and grown in America. With concerns about farming practices in countries like China, that’s clearly a big plus.
Unfortunately, that’s the main and best reason I can see to choose this powdered whole food supplement compared to nutritionally superior yet cheaper products like Texas Superfood.
The ingredient list, while predominately healthy, is heavily let down by too much apple, apple fiber and particularly apple flavoring.
The various sprouts are a novel and nutritionally potent addition, but they are in such small amounts it’s unlikely there’s enough of them to make a difference.
Even taking these into account, compare Texas Superfood’s antioxidant-rich formulation and much lower price here. Or even the far cheaper JuiceFestiv, and this apple-heavy green powder doesn’t really stack up in my opinion.
Then there is the extremely high retail price and cost per serving of Grown American Superfood to consider.
If Van Drunen Farms wants to be a serious competitor in the nutritional greens market they should really look at improving their formulation, addressing customer complaints about their free trial and significantly lowering the retail price.
If you’ve never used a powdered superfood product like this before you probably would feel much better and get some benefit from using Grown American Superfood Organic regularly.
However, since any one of the other green powders reviewed here would provide much better value for money per serving, Grown American Superfood is not recommended due to its excessively high cost.