Wheatgrass: The Rest of the Story

Cooking with wheatgrass powder

Most people consume it as a juice, taking a 1 to 2-ounce shot on its own or adding a shot to their favorite smoothie or juice recipe. You can also find it in powdered and supplement form for sale at most health food and grocery stores.  Add to smoothies, cooked cereals soups, stews, vegetable dishes and other foods.

Wheatgrass nutrition

Wheatgrass is very nutritious and contains, Vitamin C, Vitamin K, Chlorophyll, Nucleic acids, Antioxidants, Nitrosamines, Amino acids and trace minerals. Dried wheatgrass also contains 47% protein, three times that of beef. Wheatgrass powder is the readily-available dried form containing the plant's valuable nutrient properties and has a reliable, extended shelf-life.

Wheatgrass health benefits

Wheatgrass is consumed as a dietary supplement because it is highly nutritious. Compared to other greens, wheatgrass contains more protein, vitamin E and phosphorus that either broccoli or spinach. The powdered herb is often added in small amounts to smoothies, soups and other foods.

Wheatgrass is low in calories but high in nutrients, including antioxidants such as glutathione, vitamin C, and vitamin E. Antioxidants fight free radicals in the body, reducing oxidative stress and protecting against health conditions like arthritis, cancer, and neurodegenerative diseases. 

Despite its name, wheatgrass does not contain the gluten protein responsible for triggering the inflammatory response seen in celiac disease and similar conditions.