I was watching a show this week where the mother tried to get her son to drink this horrible looking green drink. He curled up his nose, and when the camera pulled back you could see a wheat grass plant sitting on the counter next to the blender. Out of curiosity I decided to research the plant to see why so many of you healthy eaters out there are blending it up in your smoothies. Here’s what I learned.
1. Wheatgrass is super high in chlorophyll, of course so are most green leafy vegetables.
2. High rates of chlorophyll are supposed to
- cleanse your body from toxins
- improve blood sugar disorders
- help prevent tooth decay
- increase hemoglobin production
- keep hair from graying
- improve digestion
- reduce high blood pressure
- aid in the prevention and curing of cancer, specifically colon cancer
3. Wheat grass is high in potassium, of course so are bananas.
4. Potassium is supposed to
- improve muscle tone and skin quality
- build muscles
- burn calories.
Proponents of the consuming wheat grass movement argue that wheat grass has a higher amount of either of these two nutrients than other plants. Of course saying that wheat grass is better than eating green leafy vegetables or bananas has yet to be scientifically proven. But I like the idea that wheat grass could do all of these things, especially the part about keeping one’s hair from graying. What can I say? I started turning gray at 21. And I’m a little bit shallow.
The problem is I can’t seem to get the look of that actor out of my mind after he took a drink of that pea green colored smoothie. It wasn’t good. And I personally can’t imagine wheat grass tasting any better than lawn clippings, even in yummy fruit smooties.
Despite its imagined nasty taste, I do find the plant pretty, and while I was researching this article I discovered a sweet little do it yourself project by Liz Stanley of Momtastic and Say Yes to Hoboken. She shows us how to grow the visually appealing wheat grass cost effectively…in egg shells! Cool right? Check it out.
Kelly Kinkaid enjoys writing about such topics as stretching a dollar, personal finance, diet and fitness, and living a life well lived. She spends all of her spare time in her many roles including but not limited to soccer, basketball, swimmer, band, and piano mom, runner and wife. You may contact her via e-mail kellyology(at)gmail(dot)com.