Frequently asked questions about Wheatgrass Juice
Frequently Asked Questions about Wheatgrass
Wheatgrass juice has been around for a very long time and over the past 30 years there has been increased popularity due to the development of juicers who can extract the juice easily.
Isn't wheat acidifying for the body?
Fully grown, harvested, processed, milled and stored wheat is, yes. However, just like with most grains, when sprouted the wheatgrass is very alkaliine.
Does Wheatgrass contain Gluten?
No, wheatgrass does not contain gluten. In fact, wheatgrass is a suitable food type for those with a gluten intolerance. Although wheat grain contains gluten, wheatgrass is not a grain, it is a green vegetable and as such contains no gluten.
How much Wheatgrass juice can you drink per day?
It is recommended by Dr Ann Wigmore that you start drinking about 30ml of wheatgrass juice per day. After a few weeks you can increase the level of wheatgrass juice to 60ml. Over the next few months you can build up to 120ml of wheatgrass juice a day.
How do I avoid mould when growing Wheatgrass?
Mould is the most common problem when growing wheatgrass (in fact it is often the only problem). It can be identified as white blobs forming (normally around the base of the wheatgrass stalks) when it is alive and black spots when it is dead. The following are all suggestions for preventing mould formation on your home grown wheatgrass.
- Do not soak your wheatgrass seeds for longer than 8 hours.
- After soaking, plant the seeds as soon as you have drained them.
- Try and keep your growing micro-climate from becoming too hot or too humid, a temperature around 30ºC is recommended.
Is mould formation on wheatgrass of any significance?
Mould formation on wheatgrass can be of great significance. Some people are allergic to mould and it is also bad news for people who suffer from asthma. An intake of mould can result in instant body reactions such as headaches, nausea and even body hives.
Therefore it's important to at least cut well above any mould that has formed when harvesting your wheatgrass. Also, empty and sterilise your trays after harvesting to discourage any related mould growth.
Can I repeatedly trim and grow the same tray of wheatgrass?
Although it is possible to regrow your wheatgrass after its first cutting and then re-harvest the same batch, it is not a recommended practice as the second harvest will not contain nearly as many nutrients as the first. This is because a great deal of the nutritional value in wheatgrass comes from the seed as it sprouts which occurs in the first harvest. As well as the loss of nutritional content, re-growing the wheatgrass increases the chance / growth of mould.
What is the best juicer type of juicer for wheatgrass?
The best type of wheatgrass juicers are horizontal juicers like Oscar Juicers, BioChef Horizontal Juicers and trusty old stlye manual juicers.