This is somewhat popular as a "health food"...people make it into a green juice. I have never done it. The claim is that drinking this stuff is like eating loads of vegetables.
It's grass...from wheat...or maybe it's not technically grass, but it looks like grass. Wikipedia says it's a cotyledon or some such thing. Any botanists in the house? So they're basically eating grass. Grass-fed humans. might be good for a cow but I don't know how good that is for a human. why not eat kudzu too, that would make a great side dish.
In seriousness, I checked Wikipedia (the holy source of eternal wisdom it pretends to be) and found that in 1 oz of wheatgrass juice, you get 0.30 micrograms of Vitamin B12, as opposed to zero in 1 oz of broccoli and spinach. Now that's actually a very high amount of B12. A glass of the stuff could easily meet the RDA for B12 which is 2.4 micrograms. That's if it's true that there is that much B12 in wheatgrass juice. Is it?
Ruminate on that.
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on August 25, 2010
at 12:16 PM
Wheat is a grass.
The cotyledon is the first leaf that grows from the grain after germination. It is actually an expansion of the embryo within the wheat grain and so tends to contain alot of the nutrition that is present in the wheat grain.
Wheatgrass does not seem to have much greater nutrition than most green vegetables like spinach. It has to be juiced to break down the cellulose cell walls so the nutrients can be absorbed by us.
Wheatgrass itself does not contain any vitamin B12 as it is a plant. The figure of 0.3 micrograms of B12 on wikipedia is referenced from a book promoting wheatgrass as a cure for everything. This does not seem like a reliable souce. Any vitamin B12 in wheatgrass juice would come from bacterial contaimination, particularly if the grass is grown on manure. This is due to the fact that some bacteria in animal guts produce vitamin B12. Washing the grass before eating would probably remove this.
However it is unlikely to do you any harm drinking it, though I can't imagine it tastes very nice.
I liked this quote from the wikipedia page on the history of wheatgrass supplements, I don't know of its accuracy:
The consumption of wheatgrass in the Western world began in the 1930s as a result of experiments conducted by Charles F. Schnabel in his attempts to popularize the plant.1
Schnabel, an agricultural chemist, conducted his first experiments with young grasses in 1930, when he used fresh cut grass in an attempt to nurse dying hens back to health. The hens not only recovered, but they produced eggs at a higher rate than healthy hens. Encouraged by his results, he began drying and powdering grass for his family and neighbors to supplement their diets. The following year, Schnabel reproduced his experiment and achieved the same results. Hens consuming rations supplemented with grass doubled their egg production. Schnabel started promoting his discovery to gristmills, chemists and the food industry.
I don't think anyone here would dissagree that some fresh grass is good for chickens. We are not chickens.
on August 25, 2010
at 02:08 PM
I eat what eats grass.
on August 25, 2010
at 12:15 PM
Well, I have serious gluten intolerance, so I would not consider wheatgrass at all.
Even considering that, why would any human voluntarily eat that? I mean, can you see a caveman saying "oh yeah, I'll just eat that grass that the aurocs eat?"
In the case of North Korea, they ate grass when they were starving. It's probably not what you'd call an ideal food.
And if you eat meat, you're probably getting enough B12 anyway, so I'm not sure why that matters.
on June 06, 2012
at 04:28 AM
Wheatgrass is one of the most underrated things on the planet.
Check out this website:
As a hardcore primal-eater, I wont just shove any crap into my body for no reason. I was suffering from a very serious, very painful condition (that one doesn't normally bring up in conversation) for close to a year and a half and reached the point where I was willing to do ANYTHING to get rid of the pain, even rub an ointment made from grass on... the afflicted area.
I bought some of the stuff (a cream that can be apply topically, internally, on wounds, etc.) as well as some wheatgrass shots - and no it doesn't taste crap, but probably because of the fructose added :(
It started healing and I felt 80% relief in about three days. Swear by the stuff. Still apply it every now and then when it flares up. I waited 6 weeks to see a surgeon, but cancelled a few days before the appointment because I definitely didn't need surgery anymore.
Dr Wheatgrass sells in Aus and around Asia, but I'm sure there are other sellers around the world. Surely??
My 2c worth.
on June 06, 2012
at 05:08 AM
I love wheat grass juice, but that might just be because I grew up drinking it. It is also just about the only thing on the Jamba Juice menu that won't make you need to bust out the fat pants.
A little goes a long ways, I feel noticeably "altered" after a 2 oz. shot, so the idea of drinking a cup of it seems CRAZY. It pairs well with a little beet, cucumber, carrot, apple, celery and parsley juice too.
I don't drink it every day, or even every month, but in the cases of fatigue or getting over a cold, I've found it to be a kick in the pants and something in it helps me feel better and more energized. One of the other answers listed that a powdered version they get comes sweetened which just sounds nasty, fresh wheat grass juice is already boerderline sickeningly sweet as it is.
on August 26, 2010
at 04:37 AM
My dog and cat enjoy nibbling wheat grass. But they don't digest it. It just passes straight through them. I think it might just help them clear hair balls and whatnot from their stomachs so they may have a natural drive to chomp on it once in a while. HOwever, I don't have hair balls and so I see no need for it personally.
These days, I tend to be suspicious of any food that humans do not naturally like in its natural state or if slightly cooked. I mean, how many tons of grass does it take to squeeze enough juice out to actually drink the stuff! Seems like a lot! It's not like one would typically think of grass as something that is 'juicy.'