Wheatgrass – Miracle Food?

by Dave on August 22, 2009

by Andy Meddick

You eat this? A question commonly heard on Route 9 in Lewes. Actually, no, I drink this! Well, first I cut this, then I juice this, and then I drink this. What is, “This?” Well This Be Wheatgrass!

First experimented with as a food in the 1930s by Charles F. Schnabel and popularized by Dr Ann Wigmore in the 1960s, wheatgrass is so densely packed with nutrients and has been spoken of as a curative for many conditions that it may just well qualify for, “Miracle Food” status.

Wheatgrass is the young sprouted grass of hard winter wheat. Although technically any member of the common wheat grain family Triticum Aestivum that has been allowed to sprout into a short grass can be considered wheatgrass.

Wheatgrass is freshly juiced in a juice machine custom designed for narrow blade greens, dried into a powder, or juiced and then flash frozen. I recommend the fresh juice, drank immediately after cutting and juicing, in order to benefit most from wheatgrass’ high nutritional load.

Wheatgrass juice is claimed as an effective healer because it contains chlorophyll, all minerals known to man, and vitamins A, B-complex, C, E, and K. Wheatgrass is extremely rich in protein, and contains 17 amino acids, the building blocks of protein.

1oz of wheatgrass is claimed to have the nutritional equivalence of 2.2lb of vegetables, be high in vitamin B12, promotes detoxification due to the extremely high chlorophyll content.

It is curious to me that the beneficial properties of wheatgrass are so debated that this gives many of us license not to drink it. It’s as if we’re looking for an excuse not to – an ‘easy out,’ if you will. I agree that Wheatgrass is very much an acquired taste – looking like grass, and tasting very much like fresh sweet green peas. The experience is very much like drinking pea juice. I’ll leave the contentious debating to the nutritionists and medical professionals. One thing I do know is that, juicing fresh grown, organic wheatgrass, cut fresh at no more than 7 inches in length (then it gets too old), gives us a very potent shot of ‘living’ food. Forget the debate – eventually all debates catch up to Grandma’s philosophy of balance and moderation in all things anyway. Make wheatgrass a regular part of your balanced diet. You will feel the difference. I have.

Stop on into the Good For You Market on Route 9 in Lewes, DE any Saturday in June, between 12 and 2pm and have a free 1oz shot of organic fresh-cut, fresh-juiced wheatgrass on us. Our new organic juice and coffee bar (“Auntie’s Bar, as in “Auntie Oxidant” – the Good For You Market store mascot) will be opening in July.

Yes, I said, “Auntie’s Bar” and not, “Andy’s Bar.” It’s my accent you see!

So, we all love green, right? I know you all love saving green! So, see you at Auntie’s Bar, where we’ll be drinking green and showing off our wheatgrass ‘staches, Andy.

This column first appeared in Coastal Sussex Weekly, June 25, 2009.

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