Is Wheatgrass Actually Healthy? A Dietitian Answers | You Versus Food | Well+Good

Is Wheatgrass Actually Healthy? A Dietitian Answers | You Versus Food | Well+Good

August 30, 2019 2 By William Morgan


– I bet you can’t wheat to eat wheatgrass.
Or maybe you can.
(upbeat music)
Hi, I’m Tracy Lockwood Beckerman.
I’m a Registered
Dietitian in New York City
and it’s my job to help you
figure out what to eat and why.
We’re talking wheatgrass today.
Wheatgrass is something
you might have heard of
as an old-fashioned supplement
to throw in a smoothie.
But is wheatgrass worth grazing on?
We’ll find out in this
episode of You Versus Food.
Wheatgrass is a type of grass
belonging to the wheat plant family.
In the kind you might buy at a store,
the above ground parts,
roots and rhizomes are used.
Wheatgrass was first used in ancient Egypt
nearly 5,000 years ago for
its “healing properties”
and was first introduced in
the Western world in the 1930s
when an agricultural chemist
experimented with the grass
while attempting to heal dying chickens.
After deciding his
experiment was successful,
he began promoting the
grass to large corporations
and it became available for
human consumption by the 1940s.
Hold up, wheat a minute.
Disclaimer:
There is very little scientific evidence
of the true benefits of
wheatgrass on human health.
While the nutrient profile of wheatgrass
is dense and bountiful,
there are no proven studies demonstrating
the superfood power of the product.
Most studies have been
conducted on animals
or in test tubes.
It’s a super nutrient-dense food,
an excellent source of
different vitamins and minerals,
as well as essential amino acids:
iron, magnesium, calcium, chlorophyll,
antioxidants such as glutathione,
Vitamin C and Vitamin E.
Whoof!
These antioxidants fight
negative free radicals
and prevent cellular damage.
However, once wheatgrass
has been processed
into a powder or juice,
it may change the
concentration and staying power
of the vitamins.
So, more research is needed.
Wheatgrass is typically eaten raw
and raw wheatgrass can be contaminated
with harmful bacteria and
organisms from the soil.
Here is the raw story on wheatgrass!
There have been reports
of allergic reactions
from the bacteria and pesticides
in those who eat high
quantities of wheatgrass.
If you wanna try it out,
consider seeking the organic
stuff to minimize pesticides.
Plus, organic varieties are
more environmentally friendly,
as organic farmers practice
water and soil conservation.
Although pure wheatgrass
itself is gluten-free,
it comes from a wheat plant
and can contain gluten
if mixed with other parts of the plant.
If you have a gluten
allergy or intolerance,
confirm that your
wheatgrass is gluten-free.
Wheatgrass should be consumed
in juice or powdered form
because when the grass is
subjected to high heat,
this will destroy the enzymes and vitamins
that are present in the wheatgrass.
I’m grassy.
I’m the wheat y’all love to hate.
The best way to ingest is either juiced
into a wheatgrass shot,
or milled down into a fine green powder.
Raw wheatgrass has a
very green taste to it.
Behold:
Adding wheatgrass to your citrus smoothies
can help mitigate the grassy flavor.
Want to try wheatgrass but
don’t know where to start?
Here are some easy ideas:
Make a latte as you normally prepare
and add in a scoop of
wheatgrass powder at the end.
Try whisking wheatgrass powder
into your fave salad dressing
Add powdered wheatgrass to smoothies
or even to an avocado mash,
hummus or raw deserts.
And if you don’t like the taste
but wanna see what the hype is about,
try consuming it as a
vitamin in tablet form.
This one’s a case of,
If you think wheatgrass
is working for you,
that’s cool!
All I do is wheat, wheat, wheat
no matter what.
Just take the proper safety precautions.
Wheatgrass is chock-full
of vitamins, minerals
and other goodies.
It just needs more research
on whether those are actually making it
into that bod of yours.
See you next time for another
episode of You Versus Food.
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Good deal.
(upbeat music)
♪ Wheat are the champions,
my friend, doo doo. ♪