Frequently Asked Questions

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+ What makes frozen wheatgrass juice so good?


There are many different reasons why frozen wheatgrass juice makes a lot of sense. We specifically believe that it needs to be grown outdoors and here are a few benefits of great outdoor grown wheatgrass juice which has been flash frozen:
  • Quality

    Wheatgrass juice from outdoor grown plants develops a 6x deeper root system, grows in a slow natural timeline which is 10x longer, chlorophyll levels are 50% higher and simple sugars are non-existent.
  • Taste and Tolerability

    Wheatgrass juice grown outdoors in the right region has no detectable molds. This makes the juice taste 1000% better and the juice produces none of the side-effects incorrectly characterized as "detoxification".
  • Convenience without Compromise

    There are 3 main groups that find their way to wheatgrass juice. Performance athletes, the middle aged with a child or two (like me) and those with a serious health crisis. In all cases, time can be very hard to find. Generally, none of these three types of households are in a position to take on the additional stress of growing their own wheatgrass.
  • Immediate Availability

    You can start with flash frozen juice like ours tomorrow morning as we UPS it overnight to your door. This can give you a considerable jumpstart. Very few people start growing and producing good wheatgrass right away. Even if you were to do this, you can't start using the juice for 10 days (the growing cycle of the tray growing wheatgrass).
  • Smaller Start-up Cost

    Those wanting large amounts of wheatgrass juice require an expensive wheatgrass specific juicer in the $250 range. With juice like ours, you simply do not need this. For someone drinking a modest amount (say 1 fl. oz. per day), they can certainly get a less expensive manually operated juicer.
  • Reduced Continuing Use Cost

    Flash frozen juice like ours costs less money, less time and less effort than sourcing the grass from other sources (like a local wheatgrass tray provider) and juicing it yourself. Naturally, if you are able to grow your own, you can save money but it does come at a time and energy cost.
  • Frozen Is Best For Northern Locations

    Reduced sunlight in the winter months makes indoor growing difficult without supplimental lights. Wheatgrass just isn't the same without natural UV.
  • Frozen Is Best Solution For High Volume Drinkers And Families

    Growing to add a small amount to your diet here and there is one thing. Anyone using larger amounts or a small amount for several family members will find growing to make several ounces available per day a much bigger task than expected.
So take advantage of the frozen medium. Whether you buy juice from us or grow your own, everyone can utilize freezing to help manage their juice. If you are growing indoors, you will have likely have somewhat reduced quality, taste and tolerability but perhaps beauty is in the eye of the beholder and this might be the best approach for you.

+ What does it taste like?


Our juice has a well deserved reputation of being the best tasting wheatgrass juice you can get.  The taste of the juice can be best described as:
  • Neutral and unfamiliar but not unpleasant
  • Mildly sweet with some similarities to green tea
  • Has a mild aroma similar to a freshly mown lawn
If you have read that wheatgrass juice tastes terrible, you should know that this happens when people grow the grass indoors where mold contaminates the juice.  This juice does taste terrible.  Our wheatgrass is grown outdoors, is exceptional clean and you will find it enjoyable to drink.

+ The best way to use it


There are a few simple principles to getting the most from your wheatgrass juice.
  • Spread the use through the day (only if you are using more than 2 fl. ozs.)
  • Drink the juice on an empty stomach (15 minutes before you eat)
  • Use water as the mix
  • Keep the temperature below 108F (this is where enzymes begin to be damaged)
  • Allow for sublingual absorption (blood vessels under the tongue) by holding the juice in your mouth and feeling the taste change or consider sucking on some of the cubes

+ Is it important to drink it immediately?


Yes, you should drink the juice within a few minutes or you risk losing vital elements.

This is done to prevent oxidation and applies equally to both the fresh squeezed and flash frozen juice. Our method of vacuum packaging and flash freezing ensures that the juice gets to you in a perfect state. Rapid consumption on your part (drinking it as it thaws) keeps oxidation from taking place and will maximize the benefits.

+ Fresh vs frozen: is flash frozen juice potent?


The first thing that you need to know is that freezing does not damage the nutrition, enzymes, etc. in food. You can read up a little on freezing here:
http://www.fsis.usda.gov/wps/portal/fsis/topics/food-safety-education/get-answers/food-safety-fact-sheets/safe-food-handling/freezing-and-food-safety/CT_Index

What freezing does is dramatically slow down molecular activity, it doesn't stop or kill it. This is true for the good things like nutrition and also the bad things like bacteria. The lower the freezer temperature, the slower the molecular activity and better quality of the food. Our juice is kept at a frigid -15F and the quality of the juice is just fantastic.

In terms of wheatgrass juice, it is a significantly better frozen product than it is fresh. This goes against conventional thinking so please read through this entire section and you will be very surprised by what you learn.

The first thing that you need to realize is that the question itself is flawed. The actual question should be "Is indoor grown wheatgrass juiced fresh better than outdoor grown wheatgrass juice that is flash frozen". The key here is actually "indoor grown vs outdoor grown" and the outdoor grown wheatgrass juice is vastly superior.

The advantages of outdoor grown wheatgrass:
  • Root system grows 6x deeper
  • Growth cycle is 10x longer
  • Chlorophyll levels are 50% higher
  • Simple sugars are eliminated
  • There are no detectable molds
  • The juice tastes dramatically better
The problem with indoor grown wheatgrass:
  • Everyone knows that plants have some instincts such as turning toward the sun
  • Not many people know that plants also have a survival instinct
  • When conditions dangerous to the plant are sensed, the plant changes its life cycle. Specifically, the plant will speed its growth processes in order to go to flower and drop its seed. The intention is survival and the hope for better conditions for the next generation.
  • Indoor grown wheatgrass lives in shallow plastic trays and the environment is hostile to the plant (considering the terrible matting of the root system)
  • As a result, the plants survival instinct is triggered and it seeks to flower which dramatically speeds up the growth of the plant
  • Indoor grown wheatgrass grows to harvesting height of 7" - 11" in just 10 days
  • Outdoor grown wheatgrass grows to the same harvesting height in approximately 60 days
  • The short life cycle leaves the plant in an immature state, far short of its potential and full of simple sugars
The mold issue with indoor grown wheatgrass:
  • While tray growing may be hostile towards wheatgrass, it is very supportive of molds
  • Molds release peculiar little poisons called mycotoxins of which there are over 400 different types
  • Mycotoxins are unusual because they don't affect everyone in the same way every time. In addition tolerance to them decreases over time.
  • The molds can make the juice taste terrible and mycotoxins can cause side effects like nausea, dizziness and headaches.
  • The typical experiences of a drinker of moldy wheatgrass juice
  • People normally start with very low expectations regarding the taste
  • The first time they drink it slowly and think that wasn't so bad
  • After doing this for a while, they start to shoot the shot
  • At some point, they move to holding their nose and shooting the shot
  • Later on (sometimes days later, sometimes months later) the put a glass to their lips and just can't drink it
  • They normally never have wheatgrass juice again
  • Wheatgrass juice properly grown tastes nice, so please don't let this happen to you
  • If you have had a bad wheatgrass juice experience, you just have try our juice. It will amaze you.
The power of flash freezing foods:
  • First, read up a little on freezing from the U.S. Department Of Agriculture here
  • Flash frozen fruits and vegetables do not lose their potency because flash freezing is dramatically different than slow freezing
  • When you slow freeze something in your freezer at home, large ice crystals form and the food gets torn up from the inside out causing them to thaw with significantly different characteristics than when they entered the freezer.
  • Flash frozen foods are frozen with an overwhelming amount of cold which causes rapid freezing and prevents the formation of large ice crystals.
  • As a result, the food maintains its taste, texture, colour and nutrition.
  • In reality, most frozen foods are actually better than fresh because they are harvested at their peak and flash frozen rather than being picked green and ripening inside their shipping containers
Why wheatgrass juice works so well when flash frozen?

Our wheatgrass comes from winter wheat which actually lives through the winter. It can survive the winter and spring back to life (in the spring) due to special ice structuring proteins which keep the juice raw and living while frozen. While I'd never have frozen barley juice (which does not survive the winter), wheatgrass is a fantastic flash frozen product. These proteins are unique to winter wheat and have been used for other purposes as well. For instance, this article talks about how these proteins are used to smooth the texture of ice cream:
http://www.wheatgrassforum.com/showthread.php?t=227

By the way, one of nature's other ice structuring protein miracles can be seen in the common wood frog. These frogs freeze solid every winter and then in the spring, come back to life, mate and the cycle continues. Read more here:
http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/nova/nature/frozen-frogs.html

+ How much should I use?


There is no limit to how much juice you can use, just guidelines that have been established over time. Trust your instincts and observations as you may find that you prefer more or less. Feel free to experiment.

Each juice cube is 0.5 fl. oz. For supplemental nutrition use:
  • 1 - 2 fl. ozs. / day under 40 years of age (2 - 4 cubes)
  • 2 - 4 fl. ozs. / day over 40 years of age (4 - 8 cubes)
For those trying to affect a major change:
  • Start with 10 fl. ozs. per day for 60 days (20 cubes)
  • Use it throughout the day, the suggestion is 2.5 fl. oz. (5 cubes), 4 x per day
  • Traditionally, it is taken on an empty stomach, at least 15 minutes before a meal
  • Be a careful observer and economize appropriately over time.
  • On rare occassions, more juice may be needed. For the most part, we believe that 10 fl. ozs. is the point of diminishing return (you stop getting value for your money). We believe additional funds beyond this are better spent on balance. This means things like great organic produce, a juicer or a day at the spa.
How much do we use:
  • We have many family members that use the juice
  • The adults drink 5 fl. oz. per day
  • The children are presented with 1 fl. oz. per day and the infants with 0.5 fl. oz. per day. We encourage but do not force consumption and the children drink about 50% of the juice presented to them.

+ Can it be mixed with fruit juice or blended into smoothies?

If possible, simply mix the juice with room temperature water. This approach has historically produced exceptional results.

In the juice bars, you may see people chase a shot of wheatgrass juice with orange juice. This is done to mask the taste because the indoor grown wheatgrass juice tends to have high mold content which makes the juice taste terrible. Our wheatgrass juice tastes excellent and you don't need to disguise the taste.

The second reason we suggest water is that fruit juices contain high amounts of simple sugars. Negating the effects of various forms of sugar is one of the benefits of the juice. Proceed if you wish, particularly if it helps your children drink the juice.

We have always found that the blender tends to mix a lot of air into the juice. As a result, we avoid this when possible. On the other hand, your family may find blending the juice into a smoothie is so fast, easy and delicious that it seems appropriate.

So, proceed in a way that ensures that you and your family can enjoy the juice and if possible, stick to simply the juice and water.

+ How long can I store it in my freezer?


We have been advised by the American Frozen Food Council that our juice will remain in near perfect shape for up to 3 years. While this may be safe, we think this excessive and instead recommend up to 1 year.

+ Can I let it thaw in the refrigerator overnight?


No! Please do not leave it in the refrigerator overnight to thaw.

People talk about the importance of having wheatgrass juice fresh and our juice supports this principle. The reason it gets attention is that thawing your wheatgrass juice starts oxidation, similar to peeling a banana. If you peeled a banana and left it out, in a short period of time it would brown, the texture would change for the worse and the taste would become unpleasant.

Similar, changes -- oxidation -- occur rapidly in wheatgrass juice left to sit and it is believed that this will cause the loss of vitamins and enzymes present in the juice. For this very reason, our juicing process is extremely streamlined and the juice expressed from the wheat grass is immediately packaged and flash frozen. This does an incredible job of capturing the fresh state of the juice.

By putting room temperature water on the juice, you assist it in returning to a liquid state quite rapidly. The benefit is that this prevents it from sitting and "browning". The combination of a quick freeze and short thaw means that you are in fact drinking a fresh drink. Just make sure to keep the water temperature warm but below 108F and you will not damage any of the nutrients. If the cubes are taking too long to thaw, just add a little more water.

The customer experiences shared all come from people using our wheatgrass juice, adding water to speed the melt and then consuming it on an empty stomach. Other methods of use may be effective, we just don't know for certain. For the time being, we continue to mimic what has worked for people.

+ I am sensitive to cold drinks, how should I prepare it?


If you are sensitive to cold drinks, you need to prepare your juice a little differently.
  • Add a few cubes to a jar that has a top
  • Add enough water to cover the cubes
  • Put the jar into a pitcher
  • Fill the picture with warm water
  • Let it sit for a few minutes
  • Remove the jar and drink the juice

+ It is difficult to afford, any suggestions?


Important! If you can't afford our juice, please note the following:
  • do not allow this to stop you from getting access to wheatgrass juice
  • do not let this push you into wheatgrass tablets or powders as they only have a fraction of the benefits

You need to know that:

  • wheatgrass juice does things for people that we don't know how to replicate in any other way
  • there are many ways to improve your overall health such as through better dietary choices, raw foods, exercise, hydration, ample sleep and the removal of bad habits / environmental problems but adding wheatgrass juice to any of these regimens makes them significantly more effective

Will the price ever come down / are discounts available to first time customers:

  • No, our prices have been carefully worked out, every price is significantly less expensive than your local juice bar and the boxes represent excellent value (please note they all include delivery)
  • Wheatgrass juice has about 10 times the cost of production in it than a $2 cup of coffee has because:
    • the juice yields from wheatgrass are incredibly low compared to any other juice product
    • it is capital intensive due to land, buildings, machinery and people
    • it is currently a small market (although we are changing that a little bit every single day)

So how can I get wheatgrass juice:

  • Substitution
    • there may be no cost at all with a little substitution
    • replace a $2 cup of coffee or a snack at the gas station with wheatgrass juice and the cost problem is solved AND your body will thank you for it
       
  • Get our juice less expensively with a little planning or effort
    • come to the farm
      • we sell the juice directly at the farm and the shipping savings are passed directly to you
    • try to bundle orders together
      • in many cases, several family members or groups of friends use our juice
      • the price per oz goes down as the box size goes up, again this is shipping savings that we pass directly to you
    • buy a larger box for yourself
      • the price per oz is shown on the order form and it goes down substantially from box to box
      • buying a larger box will save you money, just keep in mind that the 400 and 600 fluid oz boxes require more freezer space than just your refrigerator freezer
         
  • Grow it yourself
    • The Wheatgrass Book by Ann Wigmore is a quick read in which she not only passes on her enthusiasm for wheatgrass juice, she describes the methods she used to grow it in her apartment in Boston.  Check the book out from the library and proceed.  Yes, it takes time and energy but it will produce returns well in excess of your efforts.

Our suggestion:

  • Even growing it yourself is capital intensive for your first oz of wheatgrass juice (a good juicer is about $300 + growing kit about $60)
  • Get a box of our juice (first 100 fl oz is $189) and get an experience with great juice
  • If you like what it delivers, choose whether or not to continue with our juice or proceed to make the investment to grow your own

In Conclusion:

  • The juice is really worth your effort.  Whatever way you find works for you is the right way.  Just make sure you get some!

+ Should I take vitamin and mineral supplements


No, you are probably better off to discontinue the use of supplements. Here is why:

They Are Totally Incomplete
  • Science has identified 3,800 phytonutrients with thousands more known to exist
  • Supplements contain 25+ vitamins and minerals but are literally missing thousands of nutrients
  • Foods do contain the thousands of identified and unidentified nutrients
  • Therefore, getting your nutrition from food sources is very important.
They Are Not Effective
  • Nutritional literature has many examples of helpful substances being effective as food sources and completely ineffective when taken in a pure form.
  • Look to the Ohio State University study of lycopene as a good example. In testing, the consumption of tomatos (a good source of lycopene) produced terrific results while lycopene extract was totally ineffective.
  • In the U.S. Physicians' Health Study I, researchers tracked over 22,000 doctors with half taking beta-carotene and half taking placebo. After 13 years, the study showed no results (positive or negative) from this use. Read more here http://phs.bwh.harvard.edu/phs1.htm
They Can Be Detrimental
  • Nutrients bind to specialized receptors in the body
  • Supplements contain many synthetics that are extraordinarily similar, but not quite identical to nature source nutrients
  • These synthetic forms can fill the receptors and as a result, prevent food source nutrients from binding with them. The problem is that natural source nutrients produce a benefit while many of the synthetics do not.
  • In the U.S. Physicians' Health Study II, researchers tracked 14,642 doctors, aged 50 and older. Each was given one of 16 different combinations of placebo, vitamin C (500 mg synthetic ascorbic acid), vitamin E (400 IU of synthetic alpha-tocopherol), beta-carotene (50mg Lurotin) and multi-vitamin (Centrum Silver). After 12 years, users of the supplements showed statistically significant increased mortality rates and no protective qualities from the use of these supplements. Read more here http://phs.bwh.harvard.edu/phs2.htm
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Shipping

 

+ Is it too hot for you to ship


No! Order whenever you like, your wheatgrass juice will arrive in perfect shape!

Our shipping boxes feature 2 full inches of insulation. Between the insulation and the juice, we put an additional 0.6 inches of ice on all sides. The juice is placed inside this ice box. The ice is entirely sacrificial and must melt almost completely before the juice can be affected in any way.

We send these boxes on 2 days deliveries into Hawaii, California, Texas and Florida. Your juice will arrive in great shape.

+ Who is responsible if there is a problem (hint: we are)


Yes, we guarantee good delivery and the entire risk of shipping is ours. If you have any problem whatsoever, call us at 1-877-910-0467 and we will make it right.

+ What time will the juice arrive


Expect delivery by the end of the day you selected. When we ship, you will also receive an email that provides a tracking link so you can check it at anytime yourself.

+ Do I have to be home when the juice arrives


Your box will be shipped "No Signature Required" and does not require anyone to be home. Please note that the driver will not leave the box if he feels doing so risks the contents.

+ Sample size availability


Unfortunately, we do not have a smaller sample size available. Our wheatgrass juice is frozen and requires a certain mass of product to stay solidly frozen in transit.

Most will find that the need more than just a taste. After all, it actually tastes pretty good. The 100 fl. oz. package is actually a great sample as it will last long enough for you to make good observations and determine whether wheatgrass juice is positively affecting your health.

+ Shipping overseas


I'm sorry but we do not ship overseas. Our frozen juice packaging is optimized for North American delivery and would not arrive in a satisfactory condition. As this question comes up fairly frequently, here are our thoughts:

A way in which you can get our juice:
  • If you have a friend travelling to your country from North America, have us ship to them before they leave and ask them to bring you the juice
  • We have done this many successfully many times but you must check in advance to ensure will not have an import restriction
 
   

Packaging & Recycling

 

+ Plastics, BPA and chemical leaching


The quality of the packaging has been given careful consideration and it is one of several core differentiators that creates outstanding juice. We know of no better way to package the juice to keep it in perfect condition and promote the excellent health of our customers.

Packaging comes in a whole continuum of qualities ranging from cheap to very expensive. The low end of the packaging lines are dramatically inferior, very porous (air moves freely in and out of them), they come from the cheapest supplier and they often have surface contaminants. High end packaging is very expensive (it costs roughly 10 x more), is non-porous, contains known materials and is manufactured to rigid specifications. Our wheatgrass juice bags are very expensive and made of extremely high quality materials by a highly reputable manufacturer.

The wheatgrass juice bags are a high grade PET plastic with a nylon laminate on the outside and are manufactured in Denmark. They provide a 100% barrier protection against oxygen, do not contain bisphenol A and conform to much stricter European content standards including leach testing. The bags have been independently laboratory tested for 10 days periods with constant temperatures of 104 F and been shown not to leach. In addition, the juice bags are kept in our freezers which means no access to air, heat or light which are damaging factors to the juice and no heat or UV rays which break down plastics. You can review the testing documentation here:
Juice Bag Conformance Testing - July 12, 2006
Juice Bag Declaration Of Conformance - August 14, 2012

+ Recycling


The shipping boxes are Type 6 recyclable and are 100% reusable. The recycling challenge is that most municipalities have not yet implemented Type 6 recycling.

This means that we need to take charge and here is what can be done.

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Current recycling depot information is available here:
http://www.epspackaging.org/info.html

Type 6 Drop Off Locations Here:
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Type 6 Mail In Depots Here:
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Programs which support blue box recycling are being added to many municipalities.

Some including the City of Toronto and Peel Region already support blue box recycling of our boxes.

If you do not live within these regions, please check your local municipality for type 6 recycling. When unsupported in the blue box program, a local drop off facility normally exists. A quick call to your city should help you locate the closest drop off facility.


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Farming Techniques

 

+ Organic certification


We grow organically, are chemical free and are also big consumers of our own juice.  In terms of certification, we have not pursued organic certification for the following reasons:
  • As a small business, this is an avoidable recurring annual expense.
  • Certification is a marketing device used primarily in retail and we do very little retail business.  Our sales come from referrals, repeat customers and word-of-mouth.
  • Organic certification has almost no bearing on the quality of your food.  Organic hydroponic and hot house products do not represent the ideals you pursue.  In addition, many of the wheatgrass juice suppliers continue to produce high mold content juice despite their organic certifications.
We are alway trying to keep up with current marketing trends and believe that the current know your farmer movement (beyond organic) is a far more meaningful.  We produce the best wheatgrass juice we possibly can and invite you to know us.  Come to the farm or call us at 1-877-910-0467 and we'll answer all of your questions.

+ Seed source


Our seed is all self-sourced from our own fields.

This allows us to very tightly control the drying of the wheat berries. It is believed that the massive storage bins in use today are the source of the molds. They are so large that they prevent proper drying from taking place. You can hear a little more about these thoughts from Doug Kaufman at http://ww.knowthecause.com

In Canada, the wheat marketing board forbids the sale of seed direct to consumers. The law requires all seed (but not seed your use yourself) to pass through the board. For this reason, we neither use a supplier nor can we be the supplier.

I honestly don't know if that is the case in the U.S. but from a Canadian perspective this presents a pretty significant problem. All seed available from the wheat marketing board is treated with methyl-mercury which is a fungicide treatment (yuck!). This affects most seed available to Canadians (at least) and means that if your seed has a copper like color, be aware that is has been treated with methyl-mercury which most find very objectionable.

+ Juicer specifications


We work very hard to prevent the juice from being "denatured" or "degraded" in any way. The things to avoid are heat, exposure to air and elasped time.

We do manage all of these items in order to produce terrific juice. To avoid production heat, we use specialized slow speed juicers. These juicers are called "masticating" juicers and they simulate chewing the vegetable fibers to break up the plant cells. This results in more fiber, enzymes, vitamins and trace minerals. Masitcating juicers are the most efficient method of expressing juice from the wheatgrass and provide the additional benefit of operating at slow speeds (RPMs) which results in less foam, less heat and more nutrition in your glass.

+ Quality testing procedures


For those that don't know what brix is, you can check out
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Brix which says (among other things):

"Degrees Brix (symbol °Bx) is a measurement of the dissolved sugar-to-water mass ratio of a liquid"

You can also check out this chart of common brix readings:
http://www.highbrixgardens.com/phocadownloadpap/pdf/brix-chart.pdf

Brix cannot be used with our wheatgrass juice (outdoor grown) as it always tests 0 on the brix scale.

In seeking a method of validating the quality of the juice, we purchased 2 refractometers several years ago. At the time, we were developing one of our juicers and wanted to see what technique proved to provide us with the highest density wheatgrass. To our surprise, the outdoor grown wheatgrass juice is not testable on the brix scale. This means there are absolutely no sugars of any type in the outdoor grown juice. Of course, that made us run around the house testing everything from soy sauce to fruit juices to milk. All of these showed readings at expected levels with extremely minor variances from one refractometer to the other; therefore, it was pretty quite clear that the equipment was in good operational order.

The statements made by a number of people (farmers / health enthusiasts not scientists) are that time allows the simple carbohydrates to convert into complex carbohydrates. As we fall squarely into the farmer/health enthusiast category that is the best explanation we have to offer. This leads us to believe that high brix readings are actually contraindicated as a measure of quality in the final product as it represents the level of immaturity rather than nutritional density. That said, it is likely that a high testing young plant (say 7 days old) would be better for you than a low testing plant at the same age.

As a refractometer cannot be used, we sought out the use of a spectrophotomer. A spectrophotomer allows you to measure light characteristics in specific frequency bands. We specifically use the light absorption to measure chlorophyll levels. In our experimentation we have found that as the grass matures, the sugars (which are present in the young plant) diminish as the chlorophyll rises.

Incidentally, when measuring chlorophyll with a spectrophotomer you find out something interesting. There are actually several types of chlorophyll includng chlorophyll A, B, C1, C2 and D. We do our testing on chlorophyll A as it is the only one directly involved in photosynthesis. It is interesting as things like algae and cyanobacteria which talk about high chlorophyll levels actually contain the C1, C2 and D varieties. That means that if chlorophyll is the active ingredient, you should expect different results with these products. You can read more here:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chlorophyll

 
   

Other Considerations

 

+ Wheat gluten tolerance / celiac disease


Please make sure you read this entire message as the second and third paragraphs say different things.

I can recommend our wheatgrass juice to you without reservation. You will be pleased to hear that there is no gluten in our wheatgrass juice (click here for test results). The reason is that gluten is produced by an enzymatic process. Enzymatic processes are ones in which two or more ingredients come together to create an entirely different substance. As gluten is the product of an enzymatic process which combines proteins only present in the grain, wheat grass and wheatgrass juice do not contain gluten. When we harvest grass to make the juice, it is 7" - 11" high and in a completely green, grassy state. In our process, there are many weeks between planting and harvesting and no overlap between equipment that touches seed and equipment that cuts or juices the wheatgrass. We have many customers with gluten tolerance issues or celiac disease that have used and continue to use our wheatgrass juice with no problem.

That said, I did spend some time on Celiac.com and have some important information for you. Jamba Juice which has a gluten free menu does not list wheatgrass juice as being gluten free. This seems to be a handling issue as there is too much contact with the seeds that do contain gluten and some are so sensitive to gluten that just a brushing contact may set them off. I'm concerned that the close contact with the seeds may be a problem in indoor grown products where the grower is moving from planting (touching seeds) to juicing in the same daily cycle. There are reports of issues on Celiac.com.

To summarize, I can only recommend our wheatgrass juice (DynamicGreens) because we control the process and can assure you that there is no cross contamination between seeds that contain gluten and juice. Celiac.com users have reported problems with other products and Jamba Juice in particular does not give gluten free assurances.

As always, keep in mind that we are health enthusiasts sharing experiences, not health professionals and you should consult your doctor.

+ Grass allergy


Sorry. If you are allergic to grass, wheatgrass juice is not for you.

+ Pregnant women and nursing mothers


DynamicGreens wheatgrass juice is a great addition to your diet before, during and after pregnancy. However, not all wheatgrass is created equal and there is something important you need to know.

You will find health professionals that will tell you not to take wheatgrass and they usually indicate that they are not concerned about the wheatgrass, they are concerned about adverse effects caused by mold.

Most wheatgrass juice that is available at juice bars, health food stores or specialty grocery stores comes from greenhouse growing operations. In these high density planting environments, soils and waters are often recycled and the growing process is shortened from months (approximately 60 days) to just 7 - 14 days. This wheatgrass is not the nutritional equivalent of outdoor grown wheatgrass and of much greater concern, it often contains high levels of mold.

Most of us are allergic to these molds and they can cause anything from mild (normally slight nausea) to severe reactions. Anything that you ingest that creates an allergic reaction is considered serious particularly when you have an extra passenger on board! Keep your distance from greenhouse wheatgrass. The easiest way to do this, is to take our wheatgrass juice because we will never engage in greenhouse growing operations.

+ Indoor grown wheatgrass and mold problems


Molds often contaminate wheatgrass when grown in indoor / greenhouse environments. These molds release mycotoxins which have a terrible taste and cause side-effects such as dizziness, nausea, headaches and purging.




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