Move over milk, sugar and creamer, there’s a new addition making it’s way into your caffeine fix, and it sounds bizarre.
The latest food trend to be hitting the shelves is a powder version of the big green veggie broccoli.
Scientists in Australia are turning bunches of the cruciferous vegetable, which are deemed too imperfect looking for supermarket shelves, into a powder which can be added to just about anything you want to, and it turns out coffee is a firm favourite.
The government science agency ‘CSIRO’ and agriculture group ‘Hort Innovation’ are behind the project, and they say this would ensure more people eat the recommended daily intake of vegetables.
Since every two tablespoons of the power contains a serving of broccoli, we can see where they are coming from. But is heaping a powder version into your drink just as good as the real thing?
Lead researcher, Mary Ann Augustin, who developed the product insists it’s high in protein and fibre, as well as healthy-promoting “bioactive phytochemicals” but when Lumity spoke to nutritionist Angela Lemond she was a little more wary about the novel way to get your 5-a-day.
“I like the creativity here for the sake of health,” she says. “But while this may boost vitamin and mineral intake like any greens powder you’d put in a smoothie, you don’t get that volumetric nor thermogenic (the calorie expenditure used to digest food) benefit you get from eating whole food. Both of these help with maintaining a healthy weight.”