When I went to visit my aunt last week, I was served with this green drink. Not green tea, but wheat grass juice. In fact, most of the restaurants in Malaysia are selling this wheat grass juice as health drink. My aunt told me that she has been drinking it ever since her friend told her that wheatgrass offers much health benefits including prevention of cancer.
Wheat grass refers to young grass of wheat plant. Once the grass reaches about 7 to 8 days, it will be picked and juiced. It is made up of 70% chlorophyll which is the component that makes plants green.
According to health food companies, here are the health benefits of wheat grass:
- Neutralize toxins
- Improve blood sugar disorder
- Prevent tooth decay
- Prevent hair from becoming gray
- Improve digestion
- Helps in weight control.
- Aid in prevention of cancer due to its carcinogen and toxin neutralizing abilities
- Two ounce of fresh juice equals 3 pounds of organic vegetables in vitamins and minerals.
Unfortunately, I fail to find any scientific study to support those claims, especially the last one. I do not think such a small volume of wheatgrass juice can replace 3 pounds of vegetables. Based on what I found, two ounces of wheatgrass contains 70 percent of the recommended daily intake of vitamin A and 20 percent the RDI of iron. Actually 30 gram of serving spinach or broccoli contains more vitamins and minerals than a shot of wheat grass juice. In fact, in order to ensure most nutritions are absorbed, it should be drunk soon after juicing.
In a nutshell, if you enjoy drinking wheat grass, fine, but do not replace it with vegetables. You still need to eat your green veggies.
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