Wheatgrass Powder is prepared from freshly sprouted grass leaves. It is a thick, dry grass that is closely related to wheat and looks like hay or straw. It is harvested early in its development before it reaches full size — usually 7-10 days after sprouting when the leaves are still green, only around 4 - 6 inches tall and have split in to at least a couple of strands. Then it is dehydrated and pulverised to create a fine powder.
Why is it so good for us?
Wheatgrass has been used in natural and holistic medicine for generations. It is rich in nutrients and is especially high in Vitamins A, C and E as well as iron, magnesium and calcium. The vitamins found in organic wheatgrass powder means it is high in antioxidants, helping protect your body against the effects of free radicals.
It is also high in protein, although it doesn’t contain all 9 crucial amino acids and therefore is not a complete protein. But what wheatgrass is lacks in amino acids, it makes up for in chlorophyll! If you've not heard of this before, it's a pigment found in all plants that gives them their green hue. Chlorophyll is highly regarded as a powerhouse in anti-inflammatory capabilities. It also helps to increase the number of enzymes which assist the liver in getting rid of potentially harmful toxins. Wheatgrass also contains thylakoids and there is strong evidence to suggest that thylakoids increase weight loss by making you feel fuller for longer. Add this to the fact that it is very low in calories and an excellent source of fibre, which can help reduce blood glucose, Wheat grass can also support healthy digestion and help people feel fuller for longer than they usually would. Whichever way you look at it, it’s a wheatgrass is definitely a superfood to have in your diet!
Is it suitable for everyone?
Wheatgrass is generally considered safe for everyone. Even those with celiac disease or a sensitivity to gluten. This is because it is only the seeds of the wheat kernel which contain gluten — NOT the grass. However, if you do have a sensitivity to gluten, it’s best to consult your doctor before consuming.
As Wheatgrass is grown in soil and consumed raw, there could be some bacteria present that could be harmful to babies. So it’s advised pregnant and breastfeeding women do not take it.
It’s also advised to introduce Wheatgrass in to your diet slowly because, for some people, the high fibre content can cause nausea or constipation. If you have a history of constipation or suffer from IBS you should talk to your doctor before trying it. Generally speaking, this goes for most supplements and new foods, you should always seek medical advice and start gradually until you know that your body is happy with everything.
What does wheatgrass taste like?
Wheatgrass has a naturally, strong flavour that is earthy and fresh and, believe or not, a little 'grassy'. However, do not fear! Combining organic wheatgrass powder in smoothies or juiceswith other ingredients that have a strong taste, such as pineapple or citrus fruit, can help balance the flavour.
It’s also worth noting that at certain times of the day, a healthy Wheatgrass juice or smoothie can really uplift you:
If you’re not much in to smoothies you can also mix wheatgrass into stews, casseroles, salad dressings, teas or other beverages. Head over to our recipes section where we suggest a creamy organic wheatgrass latte!
You can buy organic wheatgrass powder online, along with many other superfoods, from our UK superfood store. Or, find us on Amazon on all European Marketplaces by entering TheHealthyTree Company into the search bar.