Wheatgrass: why so popular?

by Sanjeev Kapoor

Wheatgrass is something I'm sure you wouldn't have missed hearing about. You'll be amazed to know that in spite of making its grip in the market off lately, the benefits were already discovered 5000 years ago at the time of ancient Egypt. Stepping into the Western world, it was first introduced in the year 1930 by Charles Schnabel. He was an agricultural chemist and was referred to as the ‘father of wheatgrass.’ If a sip of your favourite smoothie or juice enthralls you, I promise a glass of wheatgrass juice will excite your body much more. Just like most of the green vegetables, this superfood is packed with innumerable nutrients that one needs to consume in an appropriate quantity on a daily basis. 

 

It is believed that one serving of wheatgrass juice is approximately equivalent to 681 grams of dark leafy greens. Especially, talking about the recent times, it has been topping the list of most chosen ingredients for drinks owing to its amazing benefits. Just one simple ingredient yet so many avatars! Remember, when you are picking this one up, stay rest assured that you'll be getting benefited in ways more than just one and it will prove to be a boon for the entire body's wellbeing. 

 

How to consume: Wheatgrass powder can be mixed in smoothies, juices, protein shakes, oatmeal, soups, salad dressings, tea or other beverages. 

 

Precautions

Wheatgrass is usually not harmful or has any side effects. However, it is always good to be aware of how your body responds to what you consume. Also, it’s important to take it in moderation to avoid any sort of negative repercussions.

  • Try a very minimal amount of wheatgrass when you are trying initially. As it can cause headache, nausea, diarrhoea, etc. In case of any negative effects, avoid further consumption. 

  • People who are sensitive to gluten, might need to consult their doctor before its consumption. 

  • If you've made wheatgrass a part of your lovable garden, then be cautious of how it tastes. If it tastes bitter, consider it spoilt and hence, don’t consume. 

 

Alternatives: Spinach and barley grass

If you find it hard to source wheatgrass in your area, then choose spinach. Spinach is super rich in iron and calcium. It won't even leave a dent on your wallet and is very much accessible in every city. Other than this, you can also opt for barley grass as another option. 

 

Health benefits

  • Reduces the intensity of acne and has the ability to curb chronic inflammation. Acts as an anti-ageing agent too.

  • Treats eczema, psoriasis and sunburn through home remedies. Gargling with its juice prevents toothache and decay.   

  • Wheatgrass juice makes the stomach feel full for a longer time and helps lessen food cravings. 

  • Antioxidants present in wheatgrass aid in lowering free radical damages. High amount of fibre and B-complex vitamins improves digestion, cleanses the body and helps fight inflammation. 

 

Beneficial, isn’t it? Prepare your glass of wheatgrass juice today, drink and improve your health tenfold. Follow this easy recipe. 

Wheat Grass Shikanjvi: https://www.sanjeevkapoor.com/Recipe/Wheat-Grass-Shikanjvi.html

 

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MasterChef Sanjeev Kapoor

Chef Sanjeev Kapoor is the most celebrated face of Indian cuisine. He is Chef extraordinaire, runs a successful TV Channel FoodFood, hosted Khana Khazana cookery show on television for more than 17 years, author of 150+ best selling cookbooks, restaurateur and winner of several culinary awards. He is living his dream of making Indian cuisine the number one in the world and empowering women through power of cooking to become self sufficient. His recipe portal www.sanjeevkapoor.com is a complete cookery manual with a compendium of more than 10,000 tried & tested recipes, videos, articles, tips & trivia and a wealth of information on the art and craft of cooking in both English and Hindi.