Can You Eat Wheatgrass Raw?

People have a lot of questions about wheatgrass. One of them that I've been hearing a lot lately is about whether you can eat wheatgrass raw. While most people generally agree that it would pretty much kill the nutrients in wheatgrass if you cooked them, people still ask that question. I think what they really mean is whether or not you can simply eat the wheatgrass straight, without juicing it. The answer is yes, but there are some things you should know. As I have previously stated in this post about eating wheatgrass, it is possible, but there are some things to keep in mind.
First, human stomachs are a lot different than those of cows and horses.  Hoofed animals have stomachs that have evolved to break up and digest grasses.  Our stomachs, on the other hand, just aren't capable of breaking apart the cellulose in wheatgrass, so it just comes out the other end of our bodies looking very similar to how it went in.  You see, wheatgrass is different from other plants that we can digest, such as broccoli and spinach.  Our stomachs can break down the cellulose in those plants and extract the yummy nutrients.  The best way to get the most out of wheatgrass is to juice it with a masticating juicer.  You can get a cheap manual wheatgrass juicer for only $40 or so.
Take a Look at Good Wheatgrass Juicers Here on Amazon

If you don't have one of these juicers yet, here is what you can do:
  1. Grab yourself a handful of wheatgrass that has been cut just above the roots.  
  2. Insert wheatgrass into your mouth.
  3. Chew on the grass in your mouth while sucking out the juice and swallowing it. (this can take quite some time)
  4. Spit out the dried wad of wheatgrass and repeat if your jaw is strong enough to handle more!

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kathy taylor said...

My friend just spent six thousand dollars at a retreat. She learned about wheatgrass and consumes it daily. Maybe she could have visited this page first?

Henryk Longin Rogowski said...

Interested. I greet..

gilad said...

thx for the info. u have wheat growing on my back yard and u helped alot

Aaron said...

I wonder what would happen if someone were to eat a flat of wheatgrass...

...almost like a hot dog eating competition: who can 'eat' the most flats of wheatgrass.. and survive the stomach ache.. lol

Great blog -- I look forward to coming back!
http://www.wheatgrass101.com

Dmitry said...

Yeah, that's a kind of healthy chewing gum that eventually dissolves in your mouth! :)
And provides some beneficial fiber as well.

Several tips said...

Nice post.

crazydora said...

well im not a goat....hehehe just kidding

tim said...

Humans can NOT digest plant cellulose, whether from broccoli, grass or any plant. We produce no chemical that can break down the cell walls. our teeth aren't adapted for prolonged grinding and we don't have rumens. That's why we have to cook or grind veggies. if you eat any veggie raw without first cooking or grinding into a powder, your nutritional gain is negligible. Fruits have such thin cell walls that the act of chewing breaks the walls and releases the cell contents and thus fruits require no cooking or other prepping. Vegetables and grasses especially can not be processed by chewing alone.

Eve said...

I recommend adding it with a bit of water into a food processor with the chopping blade. Spin and then strain, squeezing the remainder of juice from the clump of wheatgrass through cheesecloth.

Adelina DeGallo said...

I often times eat my wheatgrass raw. I think it's the best way for you to get all of its nutrients. Having a good sprouter is key though.

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