Athletic Greens and Onnit Earth Grown Nutrients are both popular formulas on the powdered greens supplement market.
Both of the formulas contain similar ingredients, the brands claim similar health benefits and both brands also tend to target those that live active lifestyles, as well as people that are too busy to ensure they meet their daily nutrient intake, so they have the same specific customer base.
I’m really keen to take a look at both of these formulas in closer detail and compare them against each other, seeing how they perform in different categories and which one comes out on top.
Are you thinking about buying either of these formulas? Perhaps you’re weighing up which one to go for? Or are you an avid Lifehacker Guy reader interested in powdered greens formulas? Either way, you’re going to enjoy this article!
I’m going to be taking a look at each formula in closer detail and compare the formulas with one another, ultimately coming to a decision of which one is better. If you’re keen to know, check out my full Athletic Greens vs Onnit Earth Grown Nutrients comparison below.
What Is Athletic Greens?
Athletic Greens is incredibly well-known, all around the world, as being one of the best super greens formulas out there. The formula is popular with a wide range of people, specifically athletes and those with active lifestyles, as it was initially formulated for athletes – it’s even NSF Certified for Sport.
The formula contains more than 70 ingredients, including greens (of course!), grasses, herbal extracts, probiotics, and digestive enzymes. This is one of the most packed formulas on the supplement market, but unfortunately, all of these ingredients exist within four proprietary blends.
If you’re a regular Lifehacker Guy reader, you’ll know all about how disappointing and problematic proprietary blends are, and if you’re not, I’ll be talking much more about the ingredients and the lack of a fully disclosed label later on in this comparison.
Before we dive in and start analyzing the formula closely, let’s take a look at the pros and cons of it as a whole.
- It contains 75 powerful ingredients
- NSF Certified For Sport
- One of my favorite tasting formulas out there
- Made up of proprietary blends
- Expensive formula
What Is Onnit EGN?
Earth Grown Nutrients is a super greens formula produced by Onnit, a brand that primarily produces fitness supplements. Therefore, as mentioned above, this super greens formula is popular amongst athletes and those with active lifestyles.
Earth Grown Nutrients (EGN for short) contains over 30 ingredients, including greens, grasses, fruit, digestive enzymes, and herbal extracts, with some of the ingredients overlapping the Athletic Greens formula.
Unfortunately, just like Athletic Greens, the formula contains proprietary blends, and therefore doesn’t have a fully disclosed ingredients label showing the amounts of each ingredient within the formula.
However, let’s not dive straight into that just yet – let’s have a look at the pros and cons of the formula as a whole first!
- Two flavored options
- Features digestive enzymes
- Made using proprietary blends (no fully disclosed list of ingredients)
- Slightly more expensive than other formulas on the market
- I didn’t enjoy the taste
Athletic Greens Vs Onnit EGN Benefits
Athletic Greens is really vocal about the benefits that the formula is supposed to produce, which I really appreciate! The Athletic Greens website actually has a large area exclusively focused on telling site visitors all about the ingredients within the formula and the benefits that are associated with them.
There’s information about the specific health benefits that each ingredient within the formula provides, which I especially appreciate when the formula contains over 70 ingredients.
For example, the brand showcases an ingredient and the health benefits associated with it – Ashwagandha – is an awesome adaptogen. This means it’s part of a class of herbs that can help you adapt to stressful situations and even reduce anxiety. Ashwagandha has been used for many years as part of natural ayurvedic medicine and luckily the western world is now starting to catch on.”
Overall, the formula benefits four key areas of health – immunity, energy, digestion, and recovery.
Onnit shows the benefits of the EGN formula in a clear and comprehensive way, but the brand doesn’t do it to the standard that Athletic Greens does. I really appreciate the way that Athletic Greens provides information about each ingredient within the formula, whereas Onnit only provides information about the benefits of each blend in the formula.
Whilst this is obviously still useful for the consumer to know, it would be nice to see more information about the benefits of each specific ingredient in the formula.
Onnit claims that The Power Greens Blend will increase alkalinity in the body, The Champion Blend will help to neutralize free radicals, The Detox Blend will push toxins from the body, The Rainbow Blend will provide various (undisclosed) benefits and make the formula taste pleasant, and The Gut Blend will help digestion.
Athletic Greens Vs Onnit EGN Ingredients
Athletic Greens contains 75 ingredients, including grasses, probiotics, digestive enzymes, and herbal extracts. All of the ingredients are vegan, keto-friendly, paleo-friendly, gluten-free, dairy-free, nut-free, and non-GMO.
However, as mentioned briefly above, these ingredients all exist within four proprietary blends. Proprietary blends are blends containing multiple ingredients, and rather than the amount of each ingredient being shown on an ingredient’s label, the amount of the blend is shown.
Therefore, it’s impossible to know how much of each ingredient exists within a formula and whether the ingredients are sufficiently dosed, and therefore if the formula will actually be effective or not.
Usually, it’s possible to make an informed guess as to whether a formula actually contains sufficiently dosed ingredients or not by looking at the ingredients within a blend, checking the standard recommended daily doses, and comparing these doses with the weight of the blend.
However, Athletic Greens has been clever with using proprietary blends. The blends contain so many ingredients (most of them without daily recommended doses), and the blends are weighted heavily, so it’s pretty much impossible to say whether ingredients are or aren’t sufficiently dosed.
The Onnit EGN formula contains over 30 ingredients, and just like Athletic Greens, the formula contains a wide range of ingredients, from herbal extracts and greens to digestive enzymes and fruit.
Just like Athletic Greens, there’s also not a fully disclosed ingredients label on the Onnit EGN formula because the formula is made up of proprietary blends.
As mentioned with the Athletic Greens formula, proprietary blends make it impossible to know how much of each ingredient exists within the formula, therefore making it hard to figure out the efficacy of a formula.
Although it’s impossible to figure out if ingredients are sufficiently dosed in the Athletic Greens formula, we can actually take a closer look at the EGN formula to see if the formula will contain sufficiently dosed ingredients.
For example, The Power Greens Blend weighs 3.45g, and two ingredients that have standard recommended doses in the blend, moringa, and wheatgrass, have a combined standard recommended dose of 5g. Therefore, it’s not possible for all of the ingredients within this formula to be sufficiently dosed.
Overall, it’s unclear whether the formula is sufficiently dosed due to the fact the formula doesn’t have a fully disclosed ingredients label. However, it’s not looking good!
Athletic Greens Vs Onnit EGN Taste
Athletic Greens is my favorite tasting formula, with it taking first place, even above my own super greens formula, on my best tasting greens list. It’s refreshing and naturally tasty, which in my opinion is much better than an artificial tasting formula.
Athletic Greens is flavored and sweetened using papaya, cherry, pineapple, vanilla, and stevia extract. The fruit in the formula, such as the acerola cherries, also adds to the flavor of the formula.
Onnit EGN is available in two flavors – Lemon Mint and Black Cherry. A lot of customers seem to really like both the sweet taste of the Lemon Mint and Black Cherry EGN formula.
However, other reviews aren’t so positive, with some customers saying that they can’t stand the taste. I have to say, I have tried the Lemon Mint formula, and I’m not a huge fan of the taste.
The formula is flavored using natural flavors, maltodextrin, organic Arabic gum, stevia leaf extract, and the fruit ingredients, such as cranberry, also help to add flavor to the formula.
Athletic Greens Vs Onnit EGN Cost
Athletic Greens formula is sold in pouches containing 30 servings of formula, with one pouch costing $97. This means the cost per serving is $3.23.
The brand offers a subscription option, and if you do choose to subscribe, you can save 21%, meaning the cost per serving would work out at $2.56.
This is one of the most expensive super greens formulas on the market at full price, and it’s incredibly expensive for a formula that contains proprietary blends. As the formula doesn’t have a fully disclosed label, it’s unclear as to whether the formula will actually work, so if it doesn’t, it may not be worth its price.
Onnit EGN is sold in tubs that contain 15 servings, which is a little odd considering the majority of supplement powders contain 30 servings! Since most supplements typically contain 30 servings, EGN looks cheap at an initial glance.
However, the cost per serving is actually fairly expensive – it works out at $2.33.
Just like Athletic Greens, Onnit offers a subscription option. If you choose to subscribe to the formula, you can save 15%, meaning the formula’s cost per serving would work out at $1.98.
Although this formula is cheaper than Athletic Greens, it’s still expensive due to the fact that it contains proprietary blends and some of the ingredients are definitely not sufficiently dosed.
Athletic Greens Vs Onnit EGN: Which is Better?
Athletic Greens and Onnit EGN are very similar in many ways, they both contain similar ingredients, have similar health benefits, and most disappointingly, both contain proprietary blends.
If you’re looking for a formula that’s definitely going to provide you with sufficiently dosed ingredients and therefore be effective and provide you with health benefits, you would be best choosing a formula with a fully disclosed ingredients label.
However, seeing as neither of these formulas has a fully disclosed ingredients label, I have to decide which formula performs better overall.
I would have to say that Athletic Greens comes out on top because it contains over twice as many ingredients as EGN, has more heavily weighted blends, tastes better, and is produced by a slightly more well-renowned brand.
LifeHacker Guy Greens Recommendation
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