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Nutrition drink. Energy drink. Longevity drink. America’s obsessed with its health right now, so it’s no surprise that this green juice from Japan is getting laurels heaped upon it. Unfortunately, we have precious little information on aojiru 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 25 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.
  • Last updated: 10-24-2019
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Table of Contents

How to Choose Aojiru – Buying Guide

We’ll get into how we tested and compared all the packs of aojiru, but before that, we want to introduce four things you should look out for when picking out aojiru.

① When Looking at Ingredients, Think about Why You’re Drinking

Most aojiru features one of the four following ingredients: kale※1, ashitaba※2 (an herb also known as Angelica Keiskei), barley grass※3, or Japanese mugwort※4. 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.
※1 ケール: kale
※2 明日葉: ashitaba
※3 大麦若葉: barley grass
※4 よもぎ: Japanese mugwort

Kale: When You’re Worried about Your Sleep Patterns or the Effects of Age. Whether It Tastes Good is… Questionable

Kale: When You’re Worried about Your Sleep Patterns or the Effects of Age. Whether It Tastes Good is… Questionable
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. 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: When You’re Stressed or Dieting. Doesn’t Taste too Bad Either

Barley Grass: When You’re Stressed or Dieting. Doesn’t Taste too Bad Either
If you want to feel young and energized far into the future, 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: When You’re Suffering from Lifestyle Diseases and Allergies. Best if You Can Consume It with Soy

Ashitaba: When You’re Suffering from Lifestyle Diseases and Allergies. Best if You Can Consume It with Soy
You want ashitaba aojiru if you have high blood pressure, hyperlipidemia, or high cholesterol, or are suffering from obesity/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 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.
Extra note: ashitaba is 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: You Need This, Ladies. Packed with Fiber, Iron, and Folic Acid

Japanese Mugwort: You Need This, Ladies. Packed with Fiber, Iron, and Folic Acid
Get this if you’re constipated. Compared even to the other leafy greens we introduced today, Japanese mugwort’s got 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.

② 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.

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

When Drinking to Promote Health, Look for Fiber, Iron, and Calcium
If you’re drinking aojiru for the health benefits, check for fiber※4, which helps with digestion and the passing of waste from the body, as well as iron※5 and calcium※6(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 g of fiber a day. The National Institutes of Health recommend adult women get 18 mg of iron a day and adult men get 8. They also call for 1,000 mg a day of calcium for both men and women. Remember that these numbers can fluctuate depending on your age and health.
※4 食物繊維: fiber
※5 鉄: iron
※6 カルシウム: calcium

When Drinking to Look More Fabulous, Check for Vitamin C

When Drinking to Look More Fabulous, Check for Vitamin C
If you’re looking to supplement your skincare, then pay attention to what vitamins are included. Now, 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 mg a day, so try purchasing aojiru that contains about 20 – 100 mg of the antioxidant.

③ If You’re Worried about Safety, Look for Official Labels

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 sludge 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
We’d say most people 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※7, meaning 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※8, which is pretty self-explanatory–guarantees that no pesticides or agrochemicals were sprayed on the plants during cultivation.
※7 有機栽培: organically grown
※8 農薬不使用: pesticide-free

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 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※9, acesulfame potassium※10, and sodium nitrite※11 in particular, which have been identified as high-risk additives.
Your safest bet would be to look for an Organic JAS certification※12–this green label guarantees there are no additives in your aojiru. Many brands are also eager to share exactly what goes into their products (especially if it’s good stuff), 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’s here for you to consider, but you don’t need to avoid genetically modified ingredients and additives like the plague.
※9 アスパルテーム: aspartame
※10 アセスルファムK: acesulfame potassium
※11 亜硝酸塩ナトリウム: sodium nitrate
※12 有機JAS認定: Organic JAS Certification

④ 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’s again. Nutrition doesn’t work that way. Same thing with aojiru–if you want to really reap the health benefits, you better make sure you’re willing to drink and buy it for a long, long time.

Doesn’t Have to Taste Amazing, but Get Aojiru that isn’t Repulsive

Doesn’t Have to Taste Amazing, but Get Aojiru that isn’t Repulsive
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 (not good for you) and you’re going to want to throw everything out (not good for your wallet).
There’s 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 (especially because we keep warning you), then try one of these 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 yen (~15¢) a serving or aojiru that costs over 150 yen (~$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 $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 also, of course, offer products for cheaper, whereas smaller businesses that are closely involved with every step of the manufacturing process tend to charge higher prices.
One’s not always better than the other–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.

What Products We Ordered and How We Tested Them

What Products We Ordered and How We Tested Them
Now to introduce the 25 most popular packs of aojiru that we ordered and the process by which we tested them.
{The Products We Tested}
1. Yakult Aojiru no Meguri (ヤクルト 青汁のめぐり)
2. Yamamoto Kanpoh Pharmaceutical Young Barley Grass Powder 100% ( 山本漢方製薬 大麦若葉粉末100%)
3. Yakult Watashi no Aojiru (ヤクルト 私の青汁)
4. Nihon Yakken Kin no Aojiru Domestically Produced Barley Grass (日本薬健 金の青汁 純国産大麦若葉)
5. Nihon Yakken 25 Domestically Produced Vegetables LAB x Enzymes (日本薬健 25種の純国産野菜 乳酸菌×酵素)
6. Ito En One a Day Aojiru Powder ~Sugar-Free~ (伊藤園 毎日1杯の青汁 粉末タイプ ~無糖~)
7. Shin Nihon Seiyaku Shizen no Kiwami Aojiru (新日本薬品 自然の極み青汁)
8. Asahi Asa Shimikomi Chikara Aojiru and 21 Kinds of Vegetables (アサヒ 朝しみこむ力 青汁と21種の野菜)
9. Healthter Japan Domestically Produced Sanshu no Kodawari Aojiru LAB Plus (ヘルスタージャパン 国産三種のこだわり青汁乳酸菌プラス)
10. Suntory Shizen no Chikara Goku no Aojiru (サントリー 自然のちから 極の青汁)
11. Taisho Pharmaceutical Choles-Care Chitosan Aojiru (大正製薬 コレスケアキトサン青汁)
12. Kobayashi Pharmaceautical Chitosan Ashitaba Aojiru (小林製薬 キトサン明日葉青汁)
13. KENKODOJO Powdered Aojiru (健康道場 粉末青汁)
14. Yakult Maroyaka Kale (ヤクルト まろやかケール)
15. Kyusai (Q’Sai) Kale Aojiru ~Powdered~ (キューサイ ケール青汁~粉末~)
16. Kagayaki no Aojiru with Placenta (輝きの青汁 プラセンタ入り)
17. Umakamon Kyushu Aojiru (末左衛門の九州青汁)
18. Kyusai (Q’sai) Aojiru Frozen (キューサイ 青汁 冷凍タイプ)
19. Egao no Aojiru Mansai (えがおの青汁満菜)
20. Sanmai Seikatsu Aojiru Sanmai (三昧生活 青汁三昧)
21. Biofoods HealthLead Organic Barley Grass (バイオフーズ HealthLead 有機大麦若葉)
22. DeJAPAN Lactic Acid Bacteria Aojiru (デイジャパン 乳酸菌青汁)
23. Seven Premium 11 Kinds of Kyushu Vegetables Aojiru (セブンプレミアム 九州産野菜11種の青汁)
24. TOPVALU 5 Kinds of Domestic Produce Aojiru (トップバリュ 五種の国産素材 青汁)
25. Ito En Goku Goku Nomeru One a Day Aojiru (伊藤園 ごくごく飲める 毎日1杯の青汁)
We then tested each for the following things:
Test ①: Nutritional Value
Test ②: Safety
Test ③: Taste (How Easily It Went Down)
Test ④: Cost

Test ①: Nutritional Value

Test ①: Nutritional Value
First up, nutritional value.
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 D to A+.

The Big Takeaway: Aojiru is All Over the Place When It Comes to Nutritional Value. Always Check the Label before Purchase

The Big Takeaway: Aojiru is All Over the Place When It Comes to Nutritional Value. Always Check the Label before Purchase
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 contains 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’s something you drink regularly for a long, long time, so makes sense 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 D to A+.

The Big Takeaway: Just a Product’s Expensive Doesn’t Mean It’s Safe

The Big Takeaway: Just 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 25 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.
In addition, there’s 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 the products we tested, Biofoods’s 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 D to A+.

The Big Takeaway: Kale Smelled and Tasted like Grass, but Barley Grass wasn’t Too Bad

The Big Takeaway: 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 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. 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 (in Japan).

The Big Takeaway: Brands that are Heavily Involved in the Manufacturing Process Tend to Cost More, but There are Steals that Balance Quality and Price

The Big Takeaway: Brands that are Heavily Involved in the Manufacturing Process Tend to Cost More, but There are Steals that Balance Quality and Price
The most expensive aojiru was about 162 yen (~$1.60) a serving, the cheapest was about 13 yen (~13¢) a serving–that’s quite a difference.
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.

The Final Verdict: Top 25 Best Aojiru to Buy Online

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 D to A+.
※As prices for Japanese products in America often fluctuate, we listed the Japanese price per serving in the tables.
25. Zanmai Seikatsu Aojiru Zanmai (60 servings) 1

25. Zanmai Seikatsu Aojiru Zanmai (60 servings)

$54.59

TypePowdered
Main IngredientsBarley Grass, Bittermelon, Kale
Nutritional ValueC
TasteC
SafetyD
Price per Serving$0.91

24. KENKODOJO Powdered Aojiru (30 servings)

$44.22

TypePowdered
Main IngredientsBroccoli, Kale, Barley Grass, Ashitaba, Moroheiya
Nutritional ValueB
TasteD
SafetyB
Price per Serving$1.47

23. Asahi Asa Shimikomi Chikara Aojiru and 21 Kinds of Vegetables (40 servings)

$16.97

TypePowdered
Main IngredientsBarley Grass, 21 Vegetables
Nutritional ValueC
TasteC
SafetyC
Price per Serving$0.42

22. Kobayashi Pharmaceautical Chitosan Ashitaba Aojiru (30 servings)

$19.38

TypePowdered
Main IngredientsAshitaba
Nutritional ValueD
TasteC
SafetyC
Price per Serving$0.65

21. Suntory Shizen no Chikara Kiwami no Aojiru (30 servings)

$45.47

TypePowdered
Main IngredientsBarley Grass, Ashitaba
Nutritional ValueC
TasteB
SafetyD
Price per Serving$1.52
20. Umakamon Kyushu Aojiru (30 servings) 1

20. Umakamon Kyushu Aojiru (30 servings)

$13.63

TypePowdered
Main IngredientsBarley Grass
Nutritional ValueC
TasteB
SafetyD
Price per Serving$0.45

19. Seven Premium 11 Kinds of Kyushu Vegetables Aojiru (50 servings)

$9.07

TypePowdered
Main IngredientsBarley Grass, Kale, Goya, Mulberry Leaves, Broccoli, Spinach, Other Vegetables
Nutritional ValueC
TasteC
SafetyD
Price per Serving$0.18

18. Shin Nihon Seiyaku Shizen no Kiwami Aojiru (50 servings)

$10.30

TypePowdered
Main IngredientsBarley Grass, Kale, Ashitaba, Bittermelon
Nutritional ValueC
TasteC
SafetyD
Price per Serving$0.21

17. Ito En One a Day Aojiru Powder ~Sugar-Free~ (24 servings)

$20.52

TypePowdered
Main IngredientsKale, Spinach, Broccoli
Nutritional ValueB
TasteB
SafetyD
Price per Serving$0.86

16. Kagayaki no Aojiru with Placenta (30 servings)

$12.99

TypePowdered
Main IngredientsBarley Grass, Kale, Bittermelon
Nutritional ValueD
TasteA
SafetyD
Price per Serving$0.43

15. Ito En Goku Goku Nomeru One a Day Aojiru (24 servings)

$28.29

TypeLiquid
Main IngredientsBarley Grass, Kale
Nutritional ValueC
TasteA
SafetyD
Price per Serving$1.18

14. TOPVALU 5 Kinds of Domestic Produce Aojiru (60 servings)

$17.65

TypePowdered
Main IngredientsBarley Grass, Moroheiya, Mulberry Leaves, Kale, Ashitaba
Nutritional ValueC
TasteA
SafetyC
Price per Serving$0.29
TypePowdered
Main IngredientsBarley Grass, Kale, Mulberry Leaves, Moroheiya, Bittermelon, Ashitaba, Others
Nutritional ValueC
TasteA
SafetyC
Price per Serving$0.59
12. Taisho Pharmaceutical Choles-Care Chitosan Aojiru (30 servings) 1

12. Taisho Pharmaceutical Choles-Care Chitosan Aojiru (30 servings)

$19.89

TypePowdered
Main IngredientsBarley Grass
Nutritional ValueD
TasteA+
SafetyA
Price per Serving$0.66
11. DeJAPAN Lactic Acid Bacteria Aojiru (44 servings) 1

11. DeJAPAN Lactic Acid Bacteria Aojiru (44 servings)

$10.61

TypePowdered
Main IngredientsBarley Grass
Nutritional ValueD
TasteA+
SafetyB
Price per Serving$0.24
TypePowdered
Main IngredientsBarley Grass
Nutritional ValueB
TasteB
SafetyA
Price per Serving$0.26
TypePowdered
Main IngredientsKale
Nutritional ValueA
TasteD
SafetyA
Price per Serving$0.48

8. Nihon Yakken Kin no Aojiru Domestically Produced Barley Grass (90 servings)

$19.45

TypePowdered
Main IngredientsBarley Grass
Nutritional ValueB
TasteA
SafetyA
Price per Serving$0.22
7. Kyusai (Q’sai) Aojiru Frozen (35 servings) 1

7. Kyusai (Q’sai) Aojiru Frozen (35 servings)

$51.27

TypeFrozen
Main IngredientsKale
Nutritional ValueA+
TasteD-
SafetyA+
Price per Serving$1.46

6. Healthter Japan Domestically Produced Sanshu no Kodawari Aojiru LAB Plus (64 servings)

$20.37

TypePowdered
Main IngredientsBarley Grass, Kale, Mulberry Leaves
Nutritional ValueB
TasteA+
SafetyC
Price per Serving$0.32

5. Nihon Yakken 25 Domestically Produced Vegetables LAB x Enzymes (30 servings)

$17.39

TypePowdered
Main IngredientsBarley Grass, 24 Other Vegetables
Nutritional ValueB
TasteA+
SafetyA
Price per Serving$0.58
4. Yamamoto Kanpoh Pharmaceutical Young Barley Grass Powder 100% (44 servings) 1

4. Yamamoto Kanpoh Pharmaceutical Young Barley Grass Powder 100% (44 servings)

$11.30

TypePowdered
Main IngredientsBarley Grass
Nutritional ValueB
TasteB
SafetyA+
Price per Serving$0.26
TypePowdered
Main IngredientsBarley Grass
Nutritional ValueB
TasteA
SafetyA
Price per Serving$0.44
2. Kyusai (Q’Sai) Kale Aojiru ~Powdered~ (30 servings) 1

2. Kyusai (Q’Sai) Kale Aojiru ~Powdered~ (30 servings)

$29.03

TypePowdered
Main IngredientsKale
Nutritional ValueA+
TasteD
SafetyA+
Price per Serving$0.97
1. Biofoods HealthLead Organic Barley Grass (230 g) 1

1. Biofoods HealthLead Organic Barley Grass (230 g)

$8.90

TypePowdered
Main IngredientsBarley Grass
Nutritional ValueB
TasteB
SafetyA+
Price per Serving$0.11

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.

Summary

We consulted a nutritionist, purchased the 25 top-selling packs of aojiru, and tested them all.
You probably noticed already, but most aojiru’s either kale or barley grass. Stuff that’s 100% kale is great for your health, but it takes some guts to stomach that taste and smell. 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. Here’s to hoping you’ll find one for yourself that you’ll be drinking for many, many years to come.
Original by Mariko Konno; Translation by Jasmine Li

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    Gone are the days of just peanut butter being stocked in your pantry. Well, it’s still there, but with some attractive alternatives. A quick glance online or in your favorite farmer’s market, and you’ll see that nut butters, like almond butter are increasingly gaining popularity in America.If you’re like most Americans, you’ll have at least tried almond butter by now. But there are so many tastes and textures when it comes to almond butter. How do you know which one is the right one for you to buy? We’re going to explore the different qualities of almond butter and introduce to you our favorites.
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  • Top 10 Best Sushi Making Kits to Buy Online 2020
    Top 10 Best Sushi Making Kits to Buy Online 2020
    It’s summer, it’s hot, and you don’t want to turn on the stove to make dinner. Sushi sounds great, but that can be expensive. Not to fear! You can make your own sushi at home, and pretty easily too, thanks to sushi making kits that come with all of the tools you’ll need.Granted, there are a number of different types of sushi and seemingly just as many kits. But don’t let that stop you. This guide will help you comb through the options and figure out exactly what you’ll need to look for when choosing a kit. And if that’s not enough, we’ve also got 10 of our favorites for you to look through as well.
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  • Top 10 Best Healthy Breakfast Bars to Buy Online 2020
    Top 10 Best Healthy Breakfast Bars to Buy Online 2020
    As much as you try to get a balanced breakfast in every day, sometimes it’s just not possible to sit down and have a proper meal. While fast food and granola bars might seem like an easy fix, they can often cause sugar spikes and lethargy–exactly the opposite of what you’re looking for. Instead, it’s best to find a healthy breakfast bar that will energize you and keep you full.But “health” is in right now, and every package seems to be trying to convince you that what they’re selling is good for you, so it can be hard to sift through the junk. In this guide, we’ll go over exactly what you should look for in a healthy breakfast bar. At the end, if you’re still stuck on all the options, we’ve got a list of our 10 favorites to help you along.
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  • Top 10 Best Healthy Energy Drinks to Buy Online 2020
    Top 10 Best Healthy Energy Drinks to Buy Online 2020
    We all get it–that mid-afternoon slump. It can be tempting to reach for an energy drink for that little boost that can get you through the rest of the day. But most energy drinks are full of sugar and processed ingredients that can quickly leave you feeling worse than before.Luckily, there is an increasing number of healthier energy drinks with less sugar and less junk that provide an easier, more sustained energy boost. In this guide we’ll go over the factors you should look for when choosing a healthy energy drink. At the end we’ve also got a list of our 10 favorites to get you started on your search.
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  • Top 10 Best Healthy Honeys to Buy Online 2020
    Top 10 Best Healthy Honeys to Buy Online 2020
    Honey is a fantastic natural sweetener full of healthful benefits–if you know what to look for. We’ve put together this guide to help you figure out what makes a great healthy honey.In our research, we found that the best honeys are raw and unfiltered, contain nothing but pure honey, and are preferably organic. Honeys from different flowers (or a variety of flowers) can have different qualities, which might affect your choice. Keeping these things in mind, we handpicked a list of our 10 favorite healthy honeys available online.
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  • Top 10 Best Healthy Meal Replacement Shakes to Buy Online 2020
    Top 10 Best Healthy Meal Replacement Shakes to Buy Online 2020
    When you’re too busy to sit down and eat, a meal replacement shake can be a real lifesaver. That’s why we decided to look into the healthiest meal replacement shakes and figure out what you should look for.In our research, we found that the best shakes are made from mostly whole foods ingredients, feature a balanced macro- and micronutrient profile, and work with many of your dietary restrictions. Meal replacement shakes come either ready-made or in powder form, so we rounded up our favorites of each.
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  • Top 14 Best Japanese Frozen Takoyaki to Buy Online 2020 - Tried and True!
    Top 14 Best Japanese Frozen Takoyaki to Buy Online 2020 - Tried and True!
    Takoyaki! These delicious dough balls stuffed with octopus and a gooey, creamy center are a staple of Kansai street food, and they're popular all over Japan nowadays. Our editors searched Japanese e-commerce sites such as Amazon, Rakuten, and Yahoo! Shopping for the best frozen takoyaki available online. We then picked out the most popular products and tested them.In our tests, we focused on 2 things:How does it taste?Does it have enough octopus in it?We then ranked the products and put what we learned into a buying guide to help you choose the best Japanese frozen takoyaki available online. We also give you some tips on cooking and serving them!
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  • Top 17 Best Japanese Chewing Gums to Buy Online 2020 - Tried and True!
    Top 17 Best Japanese Chewing Gums to Buy Online 2020 - Tried and True!
    Gum can be your best friend if you're trying to diet or quit smoking, and there are many which are good for oral care and eliminating bad breath. Don't waste your money on something that isn't right for you, though! Our editors searched Japanese e-commerce sites such as Amazon, Rakuten, and Yahoo! Shopping for the best chewing gum available online. We then picked out the most popular products and tested them.We focused on 3 things:How does it taste?How long does it last?Does it freshen our breath?We then ranked the products and put what we learned into a buying guide to help you choose the best Japanese gum available online.
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  • Top 10 Best Teas for a Cold to Buy Online 2020
    Top 10 Best Teas for a Cold to Buy Online 2020
    When it comes to healthy beverages, you can't go wrong with tea. Tea is naturally rich in healthy compounds that have effective health-boosting properties. It is no wonder that different types of tea have been used for centuries as natural remedies for many ailments. When it comes to colds, getting rid of the symptoms and the general malaise is only half the battle. You also need an effective remedy that will boost your immune system so your body can fight off infections and soothe symptoms like a cough, sore throat, or runny nose. Fortunately, there are healthy teas for colds that can do just that.We've done your homework for you and, based on user reviews and feedback, found the best teas for a cold!
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  • Top 10 Best Healthy Energy Drinks to Buy Online 2020
    Top 10 Best Healthy Energy Drinks to Buy Online 2020
    We all get it–that mid-afternoon slump. It can be tempting to reach for an energy drink for that little boost that can get you through the rest of the day. But most energy drinks are full of sugar and processed ingredients that can quickly leave you feeling worse than before.Luckily, there is an increasing number of healthier energy drinks with less sugar and less junk that provide an easier, more sustained energy boost. In this guide we’ll go over the factors you should look for when choosing a healthy energy drink. At the end we’ve also got a list of our 10 favorites to get you started on your search.
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  • Top 10 Best Healthy BBQ Sauces to Buy Online 2020
    Top 10 Best Healthy BBQ Sauces to Buy Online 2020
    Barbecue sauce has a history that stretches as far back as the 1800s and is a common ingredient in many American foods today. From Sweet Chuck’s All Natural Barbecue Sauce to Annie’s Original Original BBQ Sauce, choosing the right sauce that’s healthy and that also complements your food can be a tough choice.In this article, we’ll show you how to choose the right healthy barbecue sauce, tell you which ingredients to avoid, and recommend some delicious, healthy barbecue sauces. Whether you’re looking something sweet and subtle or something bold and spicy, there’s a healthy barbecue sauce out there for you; here are our top picks for the best healthy barbecue sauces that you can buy online today.
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  • Top 10 Best Decaf Black Teas to Buy Online 2020
    Top 10 Best Decaf Black Teas to Buy Online 2020
    Stressed? A cup of hot tea is perfect for relaxing your body and mind. Whether you’re caffeine-sensitive, pregnant, or just want a nice hot drink in the evening, you’d probably appreciate a good cup of decaffeinated tea.So, you want to cut down on caffeine intake but worry that decaf teas don’t taste the same as their caffeinated counterparts? Don’t worry; you don’t need to compromise on taste. In this article, we’ll introduce you to the 10 best decaf black teas that actually taste like “real tea.” Enjoy your teatime.
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  • Top 10 Best Instant Breakfast Drinks to Buy Online 2020
    Top 10 Best Instant Breakfast Drinks to Buy Online 2020
    Many of us lead busy lives and don’t have time to prepare breakfast in the morning. Enter instant breakfast. They come in either liquid or powdered forms, and in a range of dietary variations to suit your needs.Some drinks double as meal replacements, others as simply snacks to jumpstart your morning. Welcome to the world of instant breakfast drinks, the fastest way to start your day.
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  • Top 9 Best Japanese Soy Sauces to Buy Online 2020 - Tried and True!
    Top 9 Best Japanese Soy Sauces to Buy Online 2020 - Tried and True!
    Soy sauce※1 is the driving force behind flavor in a number of famous Asian dishes, be it stirfry, soup, or cold seaweed salad. That’s why there’s so many different kinds–each with a different color, depth, and flavor profile, some best when heated in a pan, some best when poured straight into a little sauce dish. Depending on the kind of soy sauce you use, you could completely rework a flavor.And whether it’s because you love Japanese cuisine and want to be as authentic as possible or you live in Japan and need help navigating the supermarket, you’re interested in finding the ultimate Japanese soy sauce. Well, this time around, we ordered the 9 most popular bottles of soy sauce available in Japanese supermarkets and on e-commerce sites and tested them all.We also invited three certified seasoning sommeliers and asked them to taste each product. (For those that are unfamiliar with seasoning sommeliers, they are professionals that have passed an exam proctored by the Japan Seasoning Meisters Association.) The three experts then compared the following:1. Savoriness※22. Sweetness3. Fragrance4. Umami (or Fullness of Flavor)※35. Utility and Compatible FoodsThis is how we tested and found the most exceptional Japanese soy sauces.※1 醤油: soy sauce※2 塩味: savoriness (here, used to indicate saltiness and flavors opposed to sweetness)※3 旨味: umami (while often translated as savoriness, here we use it to mean a lush layering of flavors, like what you would find in a full-bodied wine)
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  • Top 10 Best Salts to Buy Online 2020
    Top 10 Best Salts to Buy Online 2020
    No spice rack is complete without salt. But there are so many kinds: processed salt, sea salt, table salt, himalayan salt, and so on. How are you supposed to figure which’ll suit your palate?Well, it’s important to know what features to consider when purchasing salt. Find out where it’s from, how it tastes, what it costs, what’s inside, and what people have said about it. Then flip through your recipe book, and figure out just how you use salt.
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  • Top 10 Best Healthy Popcorns to Buy Online 2020
    Top 10 Best Healthy Popcorns to Buy Online 2020
    Even though popcorn is mostly air, many conventional options are full of fats, preservatives, and artificial flavors. That’s why we decided to look into healthier options.In our research, we found that the best popcorns contain only whole foods ingredients, have limited fat and sodium, and may be organic or gluten-free. Both pre-popped and microwave popcorns can be equally healthy. With these things in mind, we handpicked our favorite healthy popcorns available online.
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