Buying Wheatgrass: Juice, Powder or Capsules?
Wheatgrass juicing at home had a surge of popularity when wheatgrass fans became exasperated at the price that some health food shops and cafés were charging for a small shot of the green elixir. But now most people buy wheatgrass in the UK in powder or capsule form. Here we look at the various ways you can take wheatgrass at home: as a homemade juice, as powder added to drinks or in capsule form.
One of the main attractions of wheatgrass juicing at home is that if you grow your own wheatgrass you need only pay for the wheat grains and some earth and you have your very own fresh wheatgrass supply. Unfortunately it’s not quite that simple, however. First, growing wheatgrass at home is not all that easy. People perhaps think of their childhood successes at growing cress and presume it will be plain sailing. Some green-fingered people have great success, but many find that a good number of the seeds do not sprout and they manage to grow a meager amount of wheatgrass, if any. Ungerminated wheatgrass seeds can develop mould which can be passed between plants and even produce allergic reactions.
Presuming you have successfully harvested your homegrown wheatgrass, however, there is still the actual juicing left to do. You could well find this more taxing than you had imagined. In fact, unless you have purchased a juicer made specifically for wheatgrass, you could find it just about impossible. Juicers made for fruit and vegetables work quickly, tearing up the fibres of the fruit or vegetables, whereas wheatgrass juicers work much more slowly, squeezing out the juice from the tough wheatgrass fibres. Many wheatgrass juicers are manual, although there are electric ones on the market, with neither type being suitable for juicing anything other than wheat grass. Wheatgrass juicing at home means buying a new piece of kitchen kit that has one sole use – not ideal for an activity partly aimed at saving money. Then there’s the energy expended, either in terms of electricity to power yet another appliance, or the physical energy it takes to manually extract the juice (sometimes multiple times over in order to get enough).
Powders and Capsules
Little wonder, then, that taking wheat grass in powder or capsule form has taken off. Buying wheatgrass powder is now easy thanks to the internet (providing you ensure your health food supplier uses quality organic wheatgrass) and because quality wheatgrass powder has been dehydrated straight after harvest, the nutritional content is just as impressive as that of fresh wheatgrass juice. All you need to do is add a teaspoon to water or juice once or twice a day – much simpler than all those attempts at growing, harvesting and juicing! Or simply take wheatgrass capsules (usually between eight and ten capsules per day) as you would with vitamin supplements.
There is something very appealing about wheatgrass juicing at home, there’s no doubt. It very much fits in with an organic, holistic, self-sufficient way of life. But the reality is, most of us simply don’t have the time (and if we’re honest, the inclination) to go to this effort, but may still want the health benefits of wheatgrass in our diets. In this case, the handy powder and capsule forms are ideal.
Rainforest Foods sell high quality wheatgrass, as both powder and capsules, which is certified organic by the Soil Association.