Nutrition

We Put the Two Most Popular Greens Powders Head-to-Head to You Don’t Have To

They share a few key benefits—and one major problem.
By Rebekah Harding
June 5, 2024

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Between long commute times, jam-packed social lives, and enticing food delivery services, it’s no wonder only 1 in 10 adults are eating enough whole fruits and vegetables every day, according to data from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) (1). And I’m one of them—which is why I opt for a daily scoop of greens powder, a dietary supplement made up of dehydrated whole food-sourced ingredients, adaptogens, and probiotics.

Stuck on which powder to buy? We put the two most popular greens powders—AG1 and Bloom Greens—head-to-head, comparing their nutrient load, taste, and value to save you time and money. 

Why You Should Trust Us

Hone Health is a team of health-obsessed journalists, editors, fitness junkies, medical reviewers, and product testers. We’ve tested several greens powders—from the celebrity-endorsed to cheap-o Amazon bargains—to get a pulse on which ones have the best taste, value, nutrient load, and quality.

AG1 at a Glance

If you’ve tuned into popular health podcasts—like Huberman Lab or The Drive by Peter Attia—you’ve heard a glowing endorsement for AG1 by Athletic Greens

One 12-gram (g) scoop of AG1 boasts pre and pro-biotics, a handful of essential vitamins and minerals, tons of whole-food sourced ingredients, and an adaptogen blend. Since its inception in 2010, Athletic Greens has been heading up the greens powder craze—despite its high price tag and some controversy surrounding its nutrient load.

AG1 is only available online through Athletic Greens and select retailers like Walmart and Amazon.

Bloom Greens at a Glance

If I tallied up all of the influencer endorsements and ads I scroll past for greens powders, Bloom Greens would likely trail just behind AG1. 

Bloom Greens contains 40+ ingredients in a single scoop, including a fruit and vegetable blend, antioxidants, digestive enzymes, pre and probiotics, and adaptogens—which the brand claims can support immunity, digestion, and overall wellness.

Bloom Greens is available at most grocery, supplement, and drug stores and can be found online at retailers like Amazon and GNC.

AG1 vs. Bloom Greens

AG1 by Athletic GreensBloom Greens
Price$80 for 30 servings$40 for 30 servings
Price per scoop$2.67$1.33
FlavorsUnflavored (Subtly sweet from pineapple core, stevia, and vanilla bean)Original, Berry, Citrus, Coconut, Mango, Orange Passionfruit, Strawberry Kiwi
VitaminsVitamin A, Vitamin C, Vitamin E, Vitamins B1, B2, B6, and B12, niacin, folate, biotin, pantothenic acidNot specified on nutrition facts
Whole-food ingredients75+ ingredients like broccoli flower powder, papaya fruit powder, pineapple fruit concentrate, bilberry fruit extract, beetroot powder, rose hip fruit powder, carrot root powder, spinach leaf powder, and more.40+ ingredients like beetroot powder, kale leaf powder, blueberry powder, spinach powder, broccoli powder, cranberry fruit powder, strawberry fruit powder, tart cherry fruit powder, elderberry fruit extract, and more.
Digestive supportBromelain, ginger, and 7.2 billion CFUs of Lactobacillus acidophilus and Bifidobacterium bifidum.Blue agave inulin, Lactobacillus acidophilus, Lactobacillus rhamnosus, and Bifidobacterium bifidum. 

Does not specify CFUs of probiotics.
AdaptogensAshwagandha root powder, licorice root powder, Rhodiola root powder, and eleuthero root powderLicorice root extract, Rhodiola root powder, American ginseng root extract, ashwagandha root powder, astragalus root powder, and eleuthero root powder
Third-party lab testingYesNo

AG1 vs. Bloom

Price

It’s hard to look past AG1’s price tag, which costs more than my monthly gym membership and cell phone bill combined. Without their discount that brings the greens to $80 a month (which appears permanent), you’re asked to shell out $100 for 30 servings.

Bloom Greens costs just $40 for a 30-day supply.

Winner: Bloom Greens

Bloom Greens is less than half the price of AG1 for the same number of servings, which feels like a steal. 

Flavor

AG1 comes in one, standard flavor which I would describe as subtle sweet, pleasant, and not too earthy. It contains no artificial flavors or sweeteners and gets its taste from pineapple core, stevia (a zero-calorie sugar alternative), and vanilla bean. 

On the other hand, Bloom Greens comes in seven flavors: original, berry, citrus, coconut, mango, orange passionfruit, and strawberry kiwi. This may be a pro for folks who want a greens powder that adds to the flavor of their daily smoothie. 

Winner: Tie

After trying both AG1 and Bloom Greens’ original flavor, I prefer AG1. Bloom Greens is overly sweet, even when mixed with other ingredients. However, Bloom’s different flavor options are a major perk if you aren’t a fan of the standard Stevia-masked vegetable taste of standard greens powders.

Vitamins

One of the main pulls of a greens powder is that it could replace a multivitamin, thanks to the vitamin-packed fruits and vegetables you’ll find on the ingredients list. 

AG1 boasts a ton of essential vitamins like vitamin A, vitamin C, vitamin E, vitamins B1, B2, B6, and B12, niacin, folate, biotin, and pantothenic acid. 

While Bloom Greens includes ingredients that are great sources of vitamins (like Carrots, which are packed with B vitamins), the nutrition label doesn’t specify how much of each vitamin you’re getting. 

Winner: AG1

You can’t beat transparency—especially if getting enough vitamins is why you’re buying a greens powder. For that reason, AG1 wins. 

Whole-food ingredients

Both AG1 and Bloom Greens contain a hodgepodge of whole food-sourced ingredients in unspecified amounts—which is a personal gripe I have with the brands. 

AG1 and Bloom Greens contain organic spirulina, organic chlorella, organic spinach, organic broccoli, organic wheat grass, organic barley grass, and organic alfalfa. AG1 differs from Bloom in it’s mushroom blend, which includes reishi and shiitake mushrooms. 

Winner: Tie

Both AG1 and Bloom are stingy with disclosing just how much of each ingredient is in their blend. (But if you’re deadset on shrooms, go with AG1.)

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Digestive support

Both Bloom Greens and AG1 contain gut-healthy probiotic strains, which support your gut microbiome (2). A balanced microbiome is crucial for maintaining good health because it plays a huge role in digestion and immunity. 

AG1 includes 7.2 billion CFU of Lactobacillus acidophilus and Bifidobacterium bifidum. Better yet, one third-party clinical trial showed that people who drank AG1 for 30 days had a 2.9x increase in healthy gut bacteria (3).

While Bloom Greens doesn’t specify how many CFUs of probiotics are in each scoop, it includes strains like Lactobacillus acidophilus, Lactobacillus rhamnosus, and Bifidobacterium bifidum. 

Bloom Greens contains maltodextrin, a powder made from concentrated plant starches, which causes bloating and GI discomfort for many people (4).

Winner: AG1

When I tried Bloom Greens, I was bloated within the hour. I didn’t experience this with AG1. Additionally, AG1 has more research supporting its digestion-supporting claims and is more transparent about the number of CFUs in the product. 

Adaptogens

Adaptogens are buzzy herbs that may help you adapt to and manage stress by returning your system back to it’s balanced state, called homeostasis (5).

AG1 contains 100 milligrams (mg) of research-backed adaptogenic plants like ashwagandha, rhodiola, eleuthero, and licorice (67). Bloom Greens has 100 mg of licorice root extract, Rhodiola root powder, American ginseng root extract, ashwagandha root powder, astragalus root powder, and eleuthero root powder in its adaptogen blend. 

Winner: Tie

Research into the benefits of adaptogens is still ongoing, and both AG1 and Bloom have 100 mg of various herbs in their blend. If you’re looking for a dose of adaptogens with your greens powder, either will do the trick. 

Third-party testing

Third-party testing involves an independent lab that ensures that the quality and quantity of each ingredient listed on the nutrition label are accurate. While third-party testing isn’t required, it’s a good practice to buy supplements that have this safeguard—since the FDA doesn’t approve dietary supplements for safety and effectiveness (8). 

Winner: AG1

AG1 is third-party tested by NSF International. Bloom Greens is not third-party tested.

Bottom Line

If you can look past the price tag, you’ll get a better quality and more easily digestible product if you go with AG1. But if you’re new to greens powders and want more flavor options, Bloom Greens is an excellent introduction.

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