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    Veronica Grace

    Fred already addressed this in his Article entitled "What's Wrong With Wheatgrass" http://www.fredericpatenaude.com/blog/?p=253

    We do not promote the Hippocrates Health Institute because they scare people away from some healthful foods like fruit and assume the only healthy raw foods are greens and sprouts. Both fruits and vegetables are important to obtain all the vitamins and minerals that are necessary.

    We receive a lot of the same questions from new subscribers, this is why we cannot personally respond to everyone. Please do a search in google with Frederic's name and the topic in question and you are likely to find all the information you need.

    Wheatgrass: Nature’s Perfect Food?

    Wheatgrass used to be the big "superfood" promoted by popular raw-food authors. Nowadays, you don't hear much about it since they are too busy selling raw chocolate and other more lucrative items. But the wheatgrass craze has never totally died.

    Jamba Juice sells it.

    You can find frozen wheatgrass juice in most health food stores and most of the popular raw food rejuvenation centers offer wheatgrass juice as part of their therapy.

    Why would you want to drink such a nasty beverage?

    Let's look at the claims made by wheatgrass proponents one by one.

    1-Chlorophyll

    One of the big claims made about wheatgrass juice is that because it's rich in Chlorophyll, and that chlorophyll is similar to hemoglobin in structure, that somehow it helps "build your blood". There is of course no research that proves that.

    I mean, according to the same logic, the best way to build your blood would be to drink human blood, or the best way to build muscle would be to eat human flesh. It's not because a compound is similar in structure to human hemoglobin that eating it will help your own blood.

    But the big misunderstanding about grass as part of the human diet is that we're simply not grass-eating creatures.

    According to the DeKalb Medical Center:

    Only cud-chewing animals with multiple stomachs can properly digest grass to absorb its nutrients. Even though we can decide to liquefy wheatgrass into a juice we still cannot benefit from it.

    Contrary to what wheatgrass proponents maintain, simply juicing the grass does not make it much more digestible.

    Ruminants like cows actually don't even chew that much. They graze all day and all of that green mass goes through a process of fermentation in the ruminant stomach. Specific types of bacteria break down the plant cell walls so they can use it for energy. In the process the micro-organisms also produce several vitamins such as E, B, and K.

    So you see even if we can manually juice grass, we still can't properly digest it and get the benefits from it because we lack the complex digestive system and fermentation process of ruminants, who by the way have to eat this stuff *all day* just to stay alive!

    2-Enzymes

    Perhaps you should drink wheatgrass juice for enzymes?

    As I explained before, enzymes are molecules produced by organisms (plants or animals) to use on their own for certain chemical reactions.

    The plant produces its own enzymes to digest the nutrients that it needs! You produce your own enzymes for your own needs. Taking it plant enzymes will not benefit you in any way, as these enzymes are not compatible and are destroyed anyway in the stomach.

    3- Most Nutritious Food

    The biggest claim about wheatgrass is that an ounce of wheatgrass juice is worth more than 2 pounds of fresh green vegetables. This is a blatant lie.

    Wheatgrass is actually a low-quality food, and that's why cows have to eat so much of it to meet their nutritional needs.

    Below you’ll find the nutritional data (taken from USDA databases) for one ounce of wheatgrass juice, compared to 2 pounds of two different vegetables. I threw in the typical carrot in there, just to see, even though it’s not a green vegetable.You’ll find that your typical ounce of wheatgrass juice is nowhere close to replacing the 2 pounds of vegetables, as wheatgrass promoters have claimed.

    Wheatgrass Juice (1 ounce)

    Vitamin E, 880 mcg (that’s “microgram” not milligram)
    Betacarotene,120 IU
    Vitamin C, 1 mg.
    Vitamin B12, 0.30 mcg (that’s “microgram” again)
    Magnesium, 8 mg.
    Calcium, 7.2 mg.
    Iron, 0.66 mg.
    Potassium, 42 mg.

    Raw Spinach (2 pounds)

    Vitamin E, 18400 mcg.  (I converted to micrograms, for easier comparison)
    Betacarotene, 85,066. IU
    Vitamin C, 254.9 mg.
    Vitamin B12, none
    Magnesium, 716.7 mg.
    Calcium, 898.1 Mg.
    Iron, 24.6 mg.
    Potassium, 5,062.1 mg.

    Raw Carrots (2 pounds)

    Vitamin E, 6000 mcg.  (I converted to micrograms, for easier comparison)
    Betacarotene, 152,506 IU
    Vitamin C, 53.5
    Vitamin B12, none
    Magnesium, 108.9 mg.
    Calcium, 299.4 Mg.
    Iron, 2.7 mg.
    Potassium, 2,903.0 mg.

    For example, one ounce of broccoli juice contains 22 times the beta-carotene, 8 times the vitamin C, 3 times the magnesium, 3 times the potassium and 3 times the calcium as one ounce of wheatgrass juice!

    So make up your own conclusions about wheatgrass. To me, it's not worth a cent as a food or as a supplement.

    Take care

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