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Juicing For Wheatgrass – Pros and Cons
Plan on using a juicer for wheatgrass? Well, there are a few things you need to know before you can start churning through your wheatgrass produce to make loads of fresh healthy juice. But wait, if you aren’t sure as to why you should be juicing wheatgrass in the first place, here are some interesting facts about this grass.
Wheatgrass is a variety of grass that can be grown in your yard and is also available for sale in food stores. It’s rich in plenty of vitamins and minerals, high in fiber content and chlorophyll. Scientists now have proven that wheatgrass can boost cell reproduction; lead to regeneration of damaged tissues and detoxify the body.
Let’s get started with juicing wheatgrass. The first thing to note down is never do this in a processor or a blender. This is because rapid movements oxidize the chlorophyll and cause the wheatgrass to lose a lot of its nutritional value. Instead with a juicer, most of the nutritional makeup is retained. Juicers are designed specifically to extract nutrients from fruits and veggies. It is their design that makes this possible. Now, you could also try and juice wheatgrass using a pestle and mortar (just kidding, this would take hours!).
To start, first, chop the leaves up before grinding. Then add water gradually as you grind the leaves in a mortar and pestle. Wait until the mixture turns white. Then pass this through a juicer to begin the processing stage. You could alternatively feed wheatgrass directly into the juicer and extract its juice but this tends to decrease the total output and also causes the majority of the juice to remain behind in the pulp. If you are using a masticating juicer, pass the pulp once more through the juicer to extract more nutrients from it.
Common Mistakes To Avoid
Find out if the wheatgrass is infected with mold. Do not use wheatgrass that has already been infected since this spreads rapidly. Also, avoid using yellow sprouts as they tend to alter the taste and flavor of wheatgrass juice dramatically. Finally, keep wheatgrass refrigerated at all times. Also, consume the juice within a half-hour of making it. Otherwise, the juice tends to go bad real fast.
Never use a low powered juicer for wheatgrass. While the grass might be easy to snap into pieces by hand, squeezing the juice out of it is an entirely different thing. Underpowered machines cannot handle the pressure exerted by wheatgrass on the blades and tend to burn out quicker.
Home Grown Wheatgrass Or Market Grade?
Many ardent supporters of organic farming believe that homegrown wheatgrass tends to have the best taste and flavors. Moreover, they are free from pesticides and other chemicals that can harm the body. Truth is that wheatgrass grown at home or purchased from the market all taste the same. Organic farming might be healthier but the difference is negligible. In fact, purchasing wheatgrass lets you select the right produce to maintain the taste and consistency of the juice.