Green Cuisine has wheatgrass juices on their menu. In fact, they grow their wheatgrass behind the counter. Have you ever wondered why wheatgrass is so popular, and what exactly makes wheatgrass so healthy?
Wheatgrass, the Little Grass that Could
When you consume wheatgrass, you are consuming the cotyledons of the common wheat plant, triticum aestivum. Although it is derived from the wheat plant, wheatgrass is gluten-free because only the wheatgrass sprouts are collected and the wheat seeds have not had a chance to form.
The story of wheatgrass begins in ancient Egypt, 5000 years ago. Ancient Egyptians discovered the health benefits of wheatgrass, and considered wheatgrass to be sacred.
Fast forward to 1931, when the American agricultural chemist, Charles Schnabel, found wheatgrass to have significant nutritional value. He was studying the health effects of adding cereal grasses in the diet. He fed some wheatgrass to chickens and saw that these chickens subsequently increased their egg production. Through his animal studies he extrapolated that humans can also improve their health by having wheatgrass in their diet.
As a result of Charles Schnabel’s promotion of wheatgrass as a healthy food, cans of powdered wheatgrass were sold in drugstores across Canada and the United States in the 1940’s.
Check Out The Nutrients in Wheatgrass
Wheatgrass is a source of potassium, vitamin A, vitamin C, vitamin E (alpha tocopherol), vitamin K, thiamine, riboflavin, niacin, vitamin B6, pantothenic acid, iron, copper, zinc, manganese, selenium, beta-carotene, phosphorus, and chlorophyll, the green stuff that helps plants photosynthesize. Other dark, leafy greens have similar nutritional content, and wheatgrass’ nutritional profile is comparable to those of spinach and broccoli, two very wholesome vegetables. Wheatgrass does have a slightly higher protein content than spinach and broccoli, with about one gram of protein per 28 grams of wheatgrass. This protein does not contain all 9 of the essential amino acids, so it would have to be complemented with other foods. You can get wheatgrass in powdered form, but having wheatgrass that is fresh is better.
Don’t expect wheatgrass to cure cancer, as there is no scientific evidence to support any cancer-curing claims. In a recent review on the medical uses of wheatgrass, it was found that while some medical benefits were shown to be promising in some studies, the studies were all small trials. The review stated that more studies need to be done with larger trials in order for wheatgrass to be proven effective for medical therapies.
Wheatgrass is, nonetheless, very nutritional, and downing a wheatgrass juice or smoothie will load you up on lots of vitamins and minerals, which isn’t a bad thing at all.
If you love wheatgrass, you can easily grow it yourself. Here is a list of directions, with pictures, to show how you can grow wheatgrass at home.
Green Juices at Green Cuisine
You can, of course, get wheatgrass at Green Cuisine. On the wall, there is a list of green juices that you can choose from, to concoct a delectable, healthful drink containing fresh wheatgrass. The “Zeus” is a good one. It has peach, apple, pear, ginger, lemon, and wheatgrass.