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Top 24 Best Packs of Aojiru in 2021 - Tried and True! (Yakult, Suntory, and More)

We're always looking for ways to easily boost our health - looking to various nutrition drinks and energy drinks. But have you ever heard of aojiru, or green juice? This Japanese concoction is often a powdered nutrient-rich packet of greens you mix into milk or water. Unfortunately, there's little information on it in English, and it doesn’t help that nutrition and the human body are complex topics.

To clear up some of the mystery, we ordered the 24 most popular packs of aojiru from Japan’s e-commmerce giants (such as Amazon, Rakuten, and Yahoo) and drank them all. We then compared the following points:

  1. Nutritional Value
  2. Safety
  3. Taste (How Easily It Went Down)
  4. Cost

This is how we tested and found the most exceptional aojiru.

Experts featured in this article

Maria Fernanda
  • Last updated: 06-09-2021
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Top 24 Best Aojiru

Now to introduce the 25 best packs of aojiru available online. They were ranked by how well they did on our tests and given an overall grade ranging from 1.0 to 5.0.

※As prices for Japanese products in America often fluctuate, we listed the Japanese price per serving in the tables.
1
Biofoods HealthLead Organic Barley Grass 1

Biofoods HealthLeadOrganic Barley Grass

76 servings

$9.72

Japaneseバイオフーズ HealthLead 有機大麦若葉
TypePowdered
Main ingredientsBarley grass
Nutritional value3.0
Taste3.0
Safety5.0
Price per serving$0.13
2
Kyusai (Q’Sai) Kale Aojiru ~Powdered~ 1

Kyusai (Q’Sai)Kale Aojiru ~Powdered~

30 servings

$39.63

Japaneseキューサイ ケール青汁~粉末~
TypePowdered
Main ingredientsKale
Nutritional value5.0
Taste1.0
Safety5.0
Price per serving$1.32
3
Yakult Aojiru no Meguri  1

YakultAojiru no Meguri

30 servings

$26.89

Japaneseヤクルト 青汁のめぐり
TypePowdered
Main ingredientsBarley grass
Nutritional value3.0
Taste4.0
Safety4.0
Price per serving$0.90
4
Yamamoto Kanpoh Pharmaceutical Young Barley Grass Powder 100% 1

Yamamoto Kanpoh PharmaceuticalYoung Barley Grass Powder 100%

44 servings

$13.29

Japanese山本漢方製薬 大麦若葉粉末100%
TypePowdered
Main ingredientsBarley Grass
Nutritional value3.0
Taste3.0
Safety5.0
Price per serving$0.30
5

Nihon Yakken25 Domestically Produced Vegetables LAB x Enzymes

60 servings

$24.34

Japanese日本薬健 25種の純国産野菜 乳酸菌×酵素
TypePowdered
Main ingredientsBarley grass, 24 other vegetables
Nutritional value3.0
Taste5.0
Safety4.0
Price per serving$0.41
6
Kyusai (Q’sai) Aojiru Frozen 1

Kyusai (Q’sai)Aojiru Frozen

35 servings

$67.23

Japaneseキューサイ 青汁 冷凍タイプ
TypeFrozen
Main ingredientsKale
Nutritional value5.0
Taste0.5
Safety5.0
Price per serving$1.92
7

Nihon YakkenKin no Aojiru Domestically Produced Barley Grass

90 servings

$24.20

Japanese日本薬健 金の青汁 純国産大麦若葉
TypePowdered
Main ingredientsBarley grass
Nutritional value3.0
Taste4.0
Safety4.0
Price per serving$0.27
8
Japaneseヤクルト まろやかケール
TypePowdered
Main ingredientsKale
Nutritional value4.0
Taste1.0
Safety4.0
Price per serving$0.48
9
Japaneseヤクルト 私の青汁
TypePowdered
Main ingredientsBarley grass
Nutritional value3.0
Taste3.0
Safety4.0
Price per serving$0.44
10
DeJAPAN  Lactic Acid Bacteria Aojiru 1

DeJAPAN Lactic Acid Bacteria Aojiru

44 servings

$16.76

Japaneseデイジャパン 乳酸菌青汁
TypePowdered
Main ingredientsBarley grass
Nutritional value1.0
Taste5.0
Safety3.0
Price per serving$0.38
11
Taisho Pharmaceutical  Choles-Care Chitosan Aojiru 1

Taisho Pharmaceutical Choles-Care Chitosan Aojiru

30 servings

$26.02

Japanese大正製薬 コレスケアキトサン青汁
TypePowdered
Main ingredientsBarley grass
Nutritional value1.0
Taste5.0
Safety4.0
Price per serving$0.87
12
Egao Aojiru Mansai 1

EgaoAojiru Mansai

31 servings

$32.13

Japaneseえがおの青汁満菜
TypePowdered
Main ingredientsBarley grass, kale, mulberry leaves, moroheiya, bittermelon, ashitaba, others
Nutritional value2.0
Taste4.0
Safety2.0
Price per serving$1.04
13

TOPVALU5 Kinds of Domestic Produce Aojiru

60 servings

$17.24

Japaneseトップバリュ 五種の国産素材 青汁
TypePowdered
Main ingredientsBarley grass, moroheiya, mulberry leaves, kale, ashitaba
Nutritional value2.0
Taste4.0
Safety2.0
Price per serving$0.29
14

Ito EnEn Goku Goku Nomeru One a Day Aojiru

24 servings

$37.77

Japanese伊藤園 ごくごく飲める 毎日1杯の青汁
TypeLiquid
Main ingredientsBarley grass, kale
Nutritional value2.0
Taste4.0
Safety1.0
Price per serving$1.57
15

SeedcomsKagayaki no Aojiru with Placenta

30 servings

$16.64

Japanese輝きの青汁 プラセンタ入り
TypePowdered
Main ingredientsBarley grass, kale, bittermelon
Nutritional value1.0
Taste4.0
Safety1.0
Price per serving$0.55
16

Ito EnOne a Day Aojiru Powder ~Sugar-Free~

20 servings

$42.49

Japanese伊藤園 毎日1杯の青汁 粉末タイプ ~無糖~
TypePowdered
Main ingredientsKale, spinach, broccoli
Nutritional value3.0
Taste3.0
Safety1.0
Price per serving$2.12
17

Shin Nihon SeiyakuShizen no Kiwami Aojiru

50 servings

$12.55

Japanese新日本薬品 自然の極み青汁
TypePowdered
Main ingredientsBarley grass, kale, ashitaba, bittermelon
Nutritional value2.0
Taste2.0
Safety1.0
Price per serving$0.25
18

Seven Premium11 Kinds of Kyushu Vegetables Aojiru

40 servings

$7.64

Japaneseセブンプレミアム 九州産野菜11種の青汁
TypePowdered
Main ingredientsBarley grass, kale, bittermelon, mulberry leaves, broccoli, spinach, other vegetables
Nutritional value2.0
Taste2.0
Safety1.0
Price per serving$0.19
19
Suzaemon  Kyushu Aojiru 1

Suzaemon Kyushu Aojiru

30 servings, 6 bags

$74.38

Japanese末左衛門 九州青汁
TypePowdered
Main ingredientsBarley grass
Nutritional value2.0
Taste3.0
Safety1.0
Price per serving$0.41
20

SuntoryShizen no Chikara Kiwami no Aojiru

30 servings

$42.03

Japaneseサントリー 自然のちから 極の青汁
TypePowdered
Main ingredientsBarley grass, ashitaba
Nutritional value2.0
Taste3.0
Safety1.0
Price per serving$1.41

Compare the Best Aojiru

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1
Biofoods HealthLead Organic Barley Grass 1

Biofoods HealthLead

2
Kyusai (Q’Sai) Kale Aojiru ~Powdered~ 1

Kyusai (Q’Sai)

3
Yakult Aojiru no Meguri  1

Yakult

4
Yamamoto Kanpoh Pharmaceutical Young Barley Grass Powder 100% 1

Yamamoto Kanpoh Pharmaceutical

5
Nihon Yakken 25 Domestically Produced Vegetables LAB x Enzymes 1

Nihon Yakken

6
Kyusai (Q’sai) Aojiru Frozen 1

Kyusai (Q’sai)

7
Nihon Yakken Kin no Aojiru Domestically Produced Barley Grass 1

Nihon Yakken

8
Yakult Maroyaka Kale 1

Yakult

9
Yakult Watashi no Aojiru 1

Yakult

10
DeJAPAN  Lactic Acid Bacteria Aojiru 1

DeJAPAN

11
Taisho Pharmaceutical  Choles-Care Chitosan Aojiru 1

Taisho Pharmaceutical

12
Egao Aojiru Mansai 1

Egao

13
TOPVALU 5 Kinds of Domestic Produce Aojiru 1

TOPVALU

14
Ito En En Goku Goku Nomeru One a Day Aojiru 1

Ito En

15
Seedcoms Kagayaki no Aojiru with Placenta 1

Seedcoms

16
Ito En One a Day Aojiru Powder ~Sugar-Free~ 1

Ito En

17
Shin Nihon Seiyaku Shizen no Kiwami Aojiru 1

Shin Nihon Seiyaku

18
Seven Premium 11 Kinds of Kyushu Vegetables Aojiru 1

Seven Premium

19
Suzaemon  Kyushu Aojiru 1

Suzaemon

20
Suntory Shizen no Chikara Kiwami no Aojiru 1

Suntory

Name

Organic Barley Grass

Kale Aojiru ~Powdered~

Aojiru no Meguri

Young Barley Grass Powder 100%

25 Domestically Produced Vegetables LAB x Enzymes

Aojiru Frozen

Kin no Aojiru Domestically Produced Barley Grass

Maroyaka Kale

Watashi no Aojiru

Lactic Acid Bacteria Aojiru

Choles-Care Chitosan Aojiru

Aojiru Mansai

5 Kinds of Domestic Produce Aojiru

En Goku Goku Nomeru One a Day Aojiru

Kagayaki no Aojiru with Placenta

One a Day Aojiru Powder ~Sugar-Free~

Shizen no Kiwami Aojiru

11 Kinds of Kyushu Vegetables Aojiru

Kyushu Aojiru

Shizen no Chikara Kiwami no Aojiru

Features

Organic JAS Certification and Good on All Fronts

If You’re Looking for Nutrition, Look No Further

Responsibly Produced, Sweet Tasting, and Reasonably Priced

Great Priced, Individually-Packaged 100% Aojiru That's Also Nutritionally Sound

Contains LAB and Enzymes and Skillfully Juggles Nutrition, Taste, and Cost

Frozen Means Freshness and Nutrients are Preserved

100% Barley Grass at a Good Price Point

Smelled and Tasted Leafy, but Safe and Nutritious

Features Barley Grass Organically Cultivated on a Contracted Farm

Easy to Drink and the Lactic Acid Bacteria Helps with Digestion

Designated Health Food Featuring Chitosan

Boasts 10 Different Organic Ingredients

Simple, Mellow Taste and Organic Ingredients

Conveniently Pre-Mixed and Tastes Great

Contains Placenta for Your Skincare Routine

Fortified With Lactic Acid Bacteria and Enzymes

Added Sweeteners Make This Easier to Drink

Blended With Tons of Veggies, but the Smell and Taste Were Average

A “Rolled” Aojiru Dreamt up by a Tea Artisan That Cuts Back on Bitterness

Addition of Matcha and Green Tea Helps a Lot with Flavor

Price$9.72$39.63$26.89$13.29$24.34$67.23$24.20$29.15$26.50$16.76$26.02$32.13$17.24$37.77$16.64$42.49$12.55$7.64$74.38$42.03
Japaneseバイオフーズ HealthLead 有機大麦若葉キューサイ ケール青汁~粉末~ヤクルト 青汁のめぐり山本漢方製薬 大麦若葉粉末100%日本薬健 25種の純国産野菜 乳酸菌×酵素キューサイ 青汁 冷凍タイプ日本薬健 金の青汁 純国産大麦若葉ヤクルト まろやかケールヤクルト 私の青汁デイジャパン 乳酸菌青汁大正製薬 コレスケアキトサン青汁えがおの青汁満菜トップバリュ 五種の国産素材 青汁伊藤園 ごくごく飲める 毎日1杯の青汁輝きの青汁 プラセンタ入り伊藤園 毎日1杯の青汁 粉末タイプ ~無糖~新日本薬品 自然の極み青汁セブンプレミアム 九州産野菜11種の青汁末左衛門 九州青汁サントリー 自然のちから 極の青汁
TypePowderedPowderedPowderedPowderedPowderedFrozenPowderedPowderedPowderedPowderedPowderedPowderedPowderedLiquidPowderedPowderedPowderedPowderedPowderedPowdered
Main ingredientsBarley grassKaleBarley grassBarley GrassBarley grass, 24 other vegetablesKaleBarley grassKaleBarley grassBarley grassBarley grassBarley grass, kale, mulberry leaves, moroheiya, bittermelon, ashitaba, othersBarley grass, moroheiya, mulberry leaves, kale, ashitabaBarley grass, kaleBarley grass, kale, bittermelonKale, spinach, broccoliBarley grass, kale, ashitaba, bittermelonBarley grass, kale, bittermelon, mulberry leaves, broccoli, spinach, other vegetablesBarley grassBarley grass, ashitaba
Nutritional value3.05.03.03.03.05.03.04.03.01.01.02.02.02.01.03.02.02.02.02.0
Taste3.01.04.03.05.00.54.01.03.05.05.04.04.04.04.03.02.02.03.03.0
Safety5.05.04.05.04.05.04.04.04.03.04.02.02.01.01.01.01.01.01.01.0
Price per serving$0.13$1.32$0.90$0.30$0.41$1.92$0.27$0.48$0.44$0.38$0.87$1.04$0.29$1.57$0.55$2.12$0.25$0.19$0.41$1.41
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Products That Didn't Make The Cut

And why they didn't quite make it.

Strong Tastes Overpower Any Nutritional Benefits

Strong Tastes Overpower Any Nutritional Benefits

Though Kobayashi Pharmaceautical Chitosan Ashitaba Aojiru is safe and proven to reduce cholesterol with the help of the fiber chitosan, it wasn’t made clear what nutrients it had and how much it has in it. It was also supposed to taste like matcha, but most of our volunteers thought that it simply tasted like medicine.


Asahi Asa Shimikomi Chikara Aojiru and 21 Kinds of Vegetables features pesticide-free barley grass from Oita prefecture, but it didn’t taste like other barley-grass based drinks. Though it felt nice and smooth traveling down our throats, volunteers started complaining that it smelled too strong and tasted of grass.


Unless you really like the taste of aojiru or similar vegetable smoothies, KENKODOJO Powdered Aojiru is another drink that is probably not for you. Many of our volunteers disliked the flavor, even though the mix of domestically grown ingredients seemed healthful and there were no additives.

Could Be a Potential Health Issue

Could Be a Potential Health Issue

Zanmai Seikatsu Aojiru Zanmai features domestically grown barley grass, bittermelon, and kale as its main ingredients. It also has some vitamin C added in, but not in significant amounts. It wasn’t as tough to swallow as typical aojiru, but it was sweet and tasted a bit peculiar.

The biggest issue was that the formula also contains phenylalanine in the form of aspartame. There are scientific studies demonstrating that aspartame poses several health risks to the human body, so you may want to do your research and think carefully about whether or not you want to be consuming this substance regularly.

How We Tested the Aojiru

We gathered 24 of the most popular Aojiru from Amazon, Rakuten, and Yahoo and tested them for nutritional value, safety, taste, and cost.

Test ① Nutritional Value

Test ① Nutritional Value

First up, we tested each aojiru for their nutritional value - including checking how many calories they contained.

We looked at how much fiber, iron, calcium, potassium, and vitamin C was in each product; we also checked to make sure the calorie count wasn’t too high. We then graded everything on a five-step scale from 1.0 to 5.0.

Always Check the Label Before Purchase Since Content Can Greatly Vary

Always Check the Label Before Purchase Since Content Can Greatly Vary
There were some similarities between products from the same brand–for example, the two products from Kyusai were bursting with vitamin C. Otherwise, there were no general trends: there were no magic ingredients that guaranteed high nutritional value, nor was there a magic price point that promised quality products.
Basically, not all aojiru contain the same amount or even the same type of nutrients. If there’s a particular vitamin or mineral you need, make sure you find it on the label before adding anything to your cart.

Test ② Safety

Test ② Safety
Aojiru is something you drink regularly for a long, long time, so it makes sense that you’d want to take as few chances as possible. 

We checked for things like whether the product was organically grown or pesticide-free or manufactured at an ISO-certified facility or tested for chemical residue, then graded each on a five-step scale from 1.0 to 5.0.

Just Because a Product’s Expensive Doesn’t Mean It’s Safe

Just Because a Product’s Expensive Doesn’t Mean It’s Safe
There were products that boasted about the vegetables being domestically produced but then didn’t talk about whether or not pesticides were involved; there were others that promised the main veggies were organically grown or pesticide-free, but quietly passed over all the other ingredients.
Only five out of the 24 products we tested were produced at an ISO certified facility, and only seven mentioned that they’d undergone pesticide residue testing–that is, a great minority.
Just Because a Product’s Expensive Doesn’t Mean It’s Safe
In addition, there are two main kinds of pesticide testing in Japan–interval testing, where inspectors only check certain samples after fixed intervals of time, and full inspections, where every single product is scanned for defects. Kyusai was the only company that stated their products had undergone full inspections.
Finally, out of all the products we tested, Biofoods’ HealthLead Organic Barley Grass was the only one that received an Organic JAS Certification–and it wasn’t expensive at all. We found that a product’s price doesn’t reveal much about its safety, so the best thing to do is to glean information from the product’s packaging and the brand’s site.

Test ③ Taste (How Easily It Went Down)

Test ③ Taste (How Easily It Went Down)

Aojiru is notorious for its unpleasant taste. But we wanted to know if there were products out there that didn’t taste like a mixture of medicinal herbs and grass.

We rounded up a few volunteers from our editing department and had them try all the aojiru. They then rated each on a five-step scale from 1.0 to 5.0.

Kale Smelled and Tasted Like Grass, but Barley Grass Wasn’t Too Bad

Kale Smelled and Tasted Like Grass, but Barley Grass Wasn’t Too Bad
Aojiru that featured barley grass as its main ingredient neither smelled nor tasted too strong; it was easy enough to swallow. However, aojiru that featured kale was grassy and bitter and consequently not the most pleasant to drink.
For some of our staff, it was their first time drinking aojiru–and most immediately agreed that kale was nasty. It came off as harsh, especially to the inexperienced tongue.
We also found that aojiru with either green tea or matcha mixed in was fine. There were also some products with added sweeteners. However, a lot of our staff thought that these tasted artificial, so they didn’t receive high scores either.

Test ④ Cost

Test ④ Cost

You should be worrying about cost. It doesn’t matter how good the aojiru tastes or how nutritious it is; if you can’t fit it in your budget, you won’t keep drinking it.

We calculated how much a single serving would cost by dividing the full sales price of the item.

Brands That Are Heavily Involved in the Manufacturing Process Tend to Cost More

Brands That Are Heavily Involved in the Manufacturing Process Tend to Cost More
The most expensive aojiru was about 162 yen (~$1.60) a serving and the cheapest was about 13 yen (~13¢) a serving–that’s quite a difference. But there was one product we found to be a real bargain. Biofoods HealthLead Organic Barley Grass was only about 11 cents a serving. 

There were a few things that betrayed its price–like how the contents weren’t portioned out and individually wrapped for us–but it was still 100% barley grass powder. The Organic JAS Certification only added to our peace of mind.

Again, it didn’t seem like expensive products were that much safer or more nutritious. So make sure to do your research and decide whether or not the product’s worth the price before purchasing anything.

How to Choose Aojiru – Buying Guide

Here, we want to introduce four things you should look out for when picking out a great aojiru.

Think About Why You’re Drinking It When Looking at Ingredients

Most aojiru features one of the four following ingredients: kale, ashitaba (an herb also known as Angelica Keiskei), barley grass, or Japanese mugwort. All of them have different effects on the body.

We’ll talk about each one by one, but in actuality, you don’t want to confine yourself to a single ingredient. It’s best if you drink two or more packs of aojiru that feature different ingredients so you can absorb varied nutrients.

When You’re Worried about Your Sleep Patterns or the Effects of Age, Pick Kale

When You’re Worried about Your Sleep Patterns or the Effects of Age, Pick Kale
If you can’t sleep, chomp on some kale for the melatonin. Kale is also said to help prevent cancer and dementia, including Alzheimer’s, which are diseases often brought on by age or genetics. It’s also rich in the antioxidants vitamin E and C. There’s no one who wouldn’t benefit from a little kale.
Just don’t go in hoping for a delicious smoothie when using it. Kale’s very bitter and smells leafy and planty. Though there are people who love how it tastes, they’re not in the majority.

Barley Grass Is for When You’re Stressed or Dieting

Barley Grass Is for When You’re Stressed or Dieting
If you want to feel young and energized far into the future or if you’re worried about lifestyle diseases, try consuming some barley grass. It’s rich in GABA, a neurotransmitter that helps calm the mind, which may come in handy during times of stress.
Other notable nutrients include SOD, an enzyme that detoxes superoxide radicals, and β-glucan, which stops blood sugar levels from spiking after a meal and keeps you feeling full for longer.
It doesn’t have a strong taste either, so aojiru with barley grass as the main ingredient isn’t hard to swallow. That may be one of the reasons it’s surpassing kale in popularity.

Ashitaba is Great When You’re Suffering from Lifestyle Diseases and Allergies

Ashitaba is Great When You’re Suffering from Lifestyle Diseases and Allergies

You want ashitaba aojiru if you have high blood pressure, hyperlipidemia, or high cholesterol, or are suffering from obesity or the general malaise of a sedentary lifestyle. It also works to stave off hay fever, soothe irritation caused by allergies, and reduce swelling. It’s a must-have if you drink too much alcohol.

When you drink ashitaba aojiru, try mixing it with soy milk or consuming it with soy products. Soy isoflavones (in addition to their own health benefits) have the effect of further enhancing the nutritional properties of ashitaba. Taste-wise, it’s a bit bitter, but the resulting aojiru doesn’t taste as medicinal as most.
Ashitaba is also rich is phytochemicals like chalcone, coumarin, and lutein. Currently, there’s a lot of research being done on the health benefits of phytochemicals and the role they play in assisting various bodily functions–it’s a fascinating topic worth following.

Japanese Mugwort is Packed with Fiber, Iron, and Folic Acid

Japanese Mugwort is Packed with Fiber, Iron, and Folic Acid
If you’re constipated, Japanese mugwort is great. Compared even to the other leafy greens we introduced today, Japanese mugwort contains a lot of fiber and will do wonders for digestion. It’s rich in iron and folic acid as well, both of which are nutrients women need a lot of, especially during pregnancy.
Finally, Japanese mugwort has plenty of chlorophyll. As a nutrient, chlorophyll can lower cholesterol levels. It also detoxes and promotes cell activity–meaning that it helps with anti-aging.

Look at How Much of Each Nutrient You’re Getting

Plants typically used in aojiru are naturally rich in nutrients like fiber, calcium, iron, and vitamins–but how much you’re getting will depend on the product.

Check for Fiber, Iron, and Calcium When Drinking to Promote Health

Check for Fiber, Iron, and Calcium When Drinking to Promote Health
If you’re drinking aojiru for the health benefits, check for fiber, which helps with digestion and the passing of waste from the body, as well as iron and calcium(most people suffer from a deficiency of these minerals). If you’re on a diet, you want to make sure you’re getting plenty of fiber but not too many calories.

Remember that the American Heart Association wants you to consume about 25–39 grams of fiber a day. The National Institutes of Health recommend adult women get 18 milligrams of iron a day and adult men get 8. 


They also call for 1,000 milligrams a day of calcium for both men and women. Remember that these numbers can fluctuate depending on your age and health.

When Drinking for Skincare, Look for Vitamin C

When Drinking for Skincare, Look for Vitamin C
If you’re looking to supplement your skincare, then pay attention to what vitamins are included. It is true that vitamin A keeps skin healthy, B1 and B2 protect against irritation, and E has anti-aging properties; however, if you have a healthy diet, it’s easy enough to meet your RDA and you don’t need huge amounts in aojiru.
You do want to look for vitamin C, however. You need about 100 milligrams a day, so try purchasing aojiru that contains about 20–100 milligrams of the antioxidant.

See if It Has Any Official Labels for Safety

There’s no point in purchasing an aojiru that could have an adverse effect on your body. Here are a few ways you can determine that your green drink is only full of the good stuff.

Products Can Be Labeled Organically Grown or Pesticide-Free

Products Can Be Labeled Organically Grown or Pesticide-Free

Most people likely drink aojiru not for the amazing bitterness of it, but because it’s good for you. Consumers and, by extension, producers care how the greens were cultivated because, after all, nutrition starts in the field.

Veggies can be certified organically grown, meaning that they weren’t genetically modified and were grown on fields that have been fed with organic fertilizer for upwards of two years. They can also be pesticide-free, which guarantees that no pesticides or agrochemicals were sprayed on the plants during cultivation.

A JAS Certification Tells You There’s No Additives

A JAS Certification Tells You There’s No Additives
Plenty of brands throw artificial flavors and other additives into aojiru so that it won’t taste so bad. That includes artificial sweeteners, which shouldn’t be had in excess, so scan the ingredients list before purchasing. Watch out for aspartame, acesulfame potassium, and sodium nitrite in particular, which have been identified as high-risk additives.
Your safest bet would be to look for an Organic JAS certification–this green label guarantees there are no additives in your aojiru. Many brands are also eager to share exactly what goes into their products, so it never hurts to check out official sites before purchasing anything.

Just remember that not all additives (or GMOs) are bad, especially when had in moderation; this information is here for you to consider, but you don’t need to avoid genetically modified ingredients and additives like the plague.

Think About Whether You’re Willing to Commit

You can’t just eat an apple once and expect to never have to go to the doctor again. Nutrition doesn’t work that way. It's the same thing with aojiru–if you want to really reap the health benefits, you have to make sure that you’re willing to drink and buy it for a long, long time.

It Doesn’t Have to Taste Amazing, but Buy an Aojiru You Can Drink

It Doesn’t Have to Taste Amazing, but Buy an Aojiru You Can Drink
It really doesn’t matter how healthy the aojiru is - if it tastes so bad that you suffer every time you put it to your lips, you’re going to feel stressed about drinking it and you’re going to want to throw everything out.

There are plenty of aojiru that adjust flavor using healthy ingredients–extra fruits and vegetables, matcha, and green tea, for example. If you’ve never had aojiru before and are worried about the taste then try one of these kinds first.

Calculate How Much a Serving’s Going to Cost You

Calculate How Much a Serving’s Going to Cost You
If you take the time to calculate, you’ll see you can get aojiru that costs about 15¢ a serving or aojiru that costs over ¥$1.50 a serving. Convert that into annual expenditure, and you’ll see that 15¢ aojiru will only put you down about $55 a year, but a $1.50 aojiru will have you forking over $550 a year.
Brands don’t spend the same amount on ingredients and research fees, and these discrepancies give rise to different prices. Larger companies that mass produce products will offer cheaper prices, whereas smaller businesses that are closely involved with every step of the manufacturing process tend to charge higher prices.
One is not always better than the other–it depends on your own preferences. In either case, after you’ve dispensed with all the formalities of checking for nutrients, take a second to think about cost and whether you’re comfortable with paying that much money in the long run.

Tips on How and When to Drink Aojiru

Tips on How and When to Drink Aojiru
If you pay attention to when you drink aojiru, you can maximize its benefits. If you’re looking to take in the greatest amount of nutrients possible, then make it a habit to have it with breakfast.
Just keep in mind that it takes time for your cells to start switching out (a few days in your intestines to about a month for your skin). Make sure you drink aojiru consistently for at least two weeks to a month before you start looking for any changes.
If you’re worried about aojiru being too bitter, try mixing it with milk or soy milk or sweetening it with honey, maple syrup, or brown sugar. You can also sneak some aojiru into pancakes, cookies, and other sweets and watch as your kids take in all those healthy vegetables without suspecting a thing.

Looking for New Ingredients for Your Kitchen?

Looking for New Ingredients for Your Kitchen?

Although not all completely healthy, depending on how you use Japanese ingredients, you can make nutritious and delicious meals. You can even experiment with amazing new flavors and discover new ways to cook! If you're interested in expanding your culinary skills, check out the articles below!

Summary

You probably noticed already, but most aojiru is made of either kale or barley grass. Ones that are 100% kale are great for your health, but the taste and smell can be overpowering. If you’re a picky eater and it’s your first time ever getting aojiru, then barley grass is your safest bet.

We hope we’ve somewhat dispelled all the confusion around aojiru and have been able to help you find one you’ll be drinking for many, many years to come.

Author: Mariko Konno/Translation: Jasmine Li


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