Field Grown Wheatgrass vs Greenhouse Grown Wheatgrass

Wheatgrass Outdoor vs Indoor

Customer Question

I am super curious as to why your juice tastes and smells so different to home or greenhouse grown wheatgrass juice. I’ve grown my own juice for a while and just purchased my first batch of your juice and was shocked at how different it tastes. It’s a milder and more “salad like” taste. A good thing, but makes me wonder what the difference is. Do you know for certain that the juice you produce is more nutrient dense than normal homegrown wheatgrass?

The Answer

The two major tastes of bitterness and sweetness are not present in the natural wheatgrass plant and therefore, are not found in our juice. These tastes are not natural, they are created by growing wheatgrass in an artificial environment. Let’s explore these:

Bitterness

This is caused by mold growing with the plant. Having mold is virtually 100% guaranteed in the greenhouse. It’s presence has nothing to do with whether or not someone is a conscientious grower. Mold spores cover ever square inch of the planet. The question is simply whether or not you create an environment conducive to mold growth. The greenhouse does and it simply isn’t controllable although it can be reduced with good management. Mold is strange stuff. It’s presence can range from virtually non-existent to terribly overgrown. Types can be blue-green, white whispy, brown or black. They can be highly poisonous or non-pathenogenic. What molds do is create a bitter taste and when present, they also releases poisons called mycotoxins. Mycotoxis are unusual in that an identical wheatgrass drink can have a serious negative affect in some individuals and for others, the exact same juice won’t affect them at all.

Mold presence is easy to spot. It creates bitterness in taste, holding your nose due to a protesting orafactory sense (not specifically due to bad smell), dizziness after ingestion, instant splitting headache, nausea and with many over 4 fl oz of consumption may cause them to vomit. These things have frequently been incorrectly characterized as “detox” when in fact they are low grade food poisoning. Bitterness is not present in our juice because there are no detectable molds and of course, also no negative side-effects.

Sweetness

Sugar levels in juice are rated in Brix. Outdoor grown wheatgrass juice tests at 0 Brix (no sugar). Tray grown wheatgrass juice tests anywhere between 5 Brix and 20 Brix. 1 Brix equals approximately 1.5% sugar and wheatgrass juice grown in the greenhouse will normally have about 15% sugar. In the field, these simple sugars convert to complex carbohydrates and our juice is test as sugar free.

Exact Nutritional Differences

No one knows the exact differences between any products. What we have are certain markers (say Vitamin C) but it is a gross exageration for anyone to declare full knowledge based upon a few markers. What I have done is attach a picture of wheatgrass grown outdoors vs grown indoors. You will see that the plants look nothing alike. However, the plants in both photos are ours and they were grown with the same seed. The outdoor field grown photograph is from one of our fields, the indoor grown grass for a photo shoot we commissioned.

You just need to know that nutrition in the plant is formed when it responds to its external environment. In nature, when the wind blows, plants strengthen their root system. When it is cold, the roots release potassium into the plant. When precipitation is low, the nutrients become more densely packed. When it rains, the plants absorb water and in the case of wheatgrass, the juice sweetens. The differences are literally infinite!

When we look at the markets, most nutrients run 10% – 20% higher while others can be as high as 50% higher or more. Here is a link to the most complete greenhouse grass testing ever done https://goo.gl/KnLAkv and here is a link to our nutrition facts testing https://goo.gl/hpuFxI. In this case, the potassium level for indoor grasses is 42mg / oz. In our testing, the potassium was 162mg / oz or 285% higher. Iron indoors is 0.17 mg / oz. Iron outdoors is 0.3 mg / oz or 70% higher. Just a couple of examples, you can check out the rest on your own. Remember that testing is just a snapshot of a point in time. There will always be variations and you are simply looking for trends.

Even given this info, you don’t buy our wheatgrass juice because it has better nutritionals. There are tremendous benefits in tray grown wheatgrass too! You buy our juice because it has great quality, the price is awesome and most important, it is mold free which improves its taste and tolerance. Someone can’t benefit from wheatgrass juice if they can’t drink it!

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Wheatgrass Smoothie: Strawberry & Banana

low-fat-smoothiesToday’s wheatgrass smoothie of the day was a strawberry-banana protein smoothie with a taste of wheatgrass. You’re probably thinking, “how does that taste?” Delicious, I tell you! This smoothie has the taste of a refreshing regular strawberry-banana smoothie with a hint of wheatgrass that you hardly notice. The best part is that the smoothie contains the protein that our diets require.

It’s great for starting your mornings, a daytime snack, or a post-workout drink that will fill you up. This delicious beverage will have you leaving the house with a big smile on your face to start your day.

With the use of strawberries and bananas, you can get your full serving of your fruits and vegetables in one drink! It tastes better than the vegetable juices that you’ll find on store shelves.

Strawberries are beneficial to your health, as it is an excellent source of vitamin C and will boost immunity. Not only that, but since they contain a great amount of vitamin C, they are known to slow eyesight degradation as they build a protective layer over your eye to protect against the sun’s tough UV rays. Since this wheatgrass smoothie is loaded with large amounts of vitamin C, it can actually help fight against wrinkles and preserve your healthy looking skin with the proper regimen.

Like many healthy smoothies, the use of bananas isn’t only to add the great taste that everybody loves; it has so many benefits to your health. First, bananas can help overcome depression due to the high levels of tryptophan, which is converted into serotonin. Bananas are also great before an intense workout, which will provide you with the energy boost you need. It can also defend against those muscle cramps that have been getting in your way from finishing! With so many extra other benefits, bananas can be used in so many aspects of health that you may not even know of!

With the use of both bananas and a scoop of whey protein, this smoothie can be put to great use both before, and after a workout. Like bananas benefiting before, and during your workout; the scoop or two that you decide to put in your smoothie can be great to your recovery process after your workout!

People tend to use whey protein after an intense workout because it’s thought to help burn fat and preserve muscle. Not only will it help lose fat, studies have shown that it can increase both size and strength of muscles. With adding your scoop (or two) of protein powder; it really does make a great snack between meals as whey protein can also reduce hunger!

If you decide that you are in great need of some type of snack to use as an energy source beforehand or as a recovery source post workout, this is the wheatgrass smoothie you need to try!

With only five major ingredients, you can go on to make your own in only 5 minutes! Here they are:

  • 1 cup strawberries
  • 1 banana
  • 1-2 scoops of vanilla whey protein
  • 1/2 – 1 cup of vanilla, or plain yogurt
  • 5-10 cubes of flash frozen wheatgrass cubes from Dynamic Greens Wheatgrass Juice

Just add enough water to create the texture you like, and serve into your favourite glass!

Enjoy!

Steve Meyerowitz – Wheatgrass Author and Advocate Lost To Car Crash

steve-meyerowitz-wheatgrass-natures-finest-medicineWe were shocked and saddened to hear the news this week.

Steve was a fun, humble, wonderful guy and a great friend to us. As a raw foodist, vegan and wheatgrass advocate, he practiced what he preached and it served him incredibly well.

Our prayers go out to his family. More details can be found in his local paper from Great Barrington, MA here:

A Life Cut Short But One Well Lived

Wheatgrass Smoothie: Mixed Berries

recipesThe colour of this healthy and delicious wheatgrass smoothie can leave your taste buds a little confused, but satisfied! You start off examining the colour first before taking a refreshing gulp of tasty berries exploding on your palate. As the taste of berries lingers in the background, you get the citrus flavour of oranges met with the mild taste of wheatgrass. Are you salivating yet? Read on to find out why this smoothie is packed with antioxidant richness and how it will leave you feeling satiated.

Cha-cha-cha Chia Seeds

Packed with healthy omega-3 fats and fibre, you can’t go wrong with adding chia seeds to your smoothie to give it that extra healthy kick. Chia seeds have approximately five grams of omega-3 fats in just one ounce. Talk about healthy fat for your brain!

The great thing about chia seeds in comparison to flax seeds is that chia seeds can be eaten either whole or ground up, making it easier to add to your smoothie. Flax seeds must be ground up before it can be added into a wheatgrass smoothie, which requires more work to obtain the nutrients contained inside the seed.

Want to know some added bonuses about chia seeds? They are tasteless! They don’t add flavour to your smoothie or leave your mouth with a strange aftertaste! Also, given the high fibre content, you will feel full faster with just this one smoothie.

Mixed Berries

Strawberries, raspberries, and blueberries? Oh my! What a delicious combination of berries blended into a powerful smoothie. Berries have a great reputation for amazing health benefits. In a study published by the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, it was found that consuming just under a cup of mixed berries a day for eight weeks was associated with increased levels of “good” HDL cholesterol and lowered blood pressure. That’s a win-win situation when it comes to heart health! Included in the mix of berries in this study were strawberries, red raspberries, bilberries which are similar to blueberries, black currants, lingonberries, and chokeberries.

Ingredients Needed to Whip Up this Easy Concoction:

  • 2 oz tofu
  • 5-10 of Dynamic Green’s wheatgrass cubes
  • 1 cup of whole strawberries
  • ½ cup of raspberries
  • ½ cup of blueberries
  • 1 cup of orange juice
  • 1 tbsp of chia seed
  • ½ cup of vanilla yogurt

Place all ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth. If needed, add a few ice cubes to thicken the smoothie up. This makes one generous single serving or two regular servings.

I found the end product of this wheatgrass smoothie wasn’t as sweet as I intended, so I would recommend adding one or two tablespoons of honey for natural sweetness. Berries also add a natural sweetness to the smoothie so feel free to toss in more berries to cater to your taste buds.

Overall, this smoothie is a powerhouse that has nutrients readily available for your body to absorb. Treat yourself to this wonderful enjoyment while knowing that you are eating healthy ingredients that make your heart and mind blissfully content. Have a happy heart and indulge your senses in berry sweetness!

What you need to know about GMO (genetically modified organisms)

Dr. Joseph Mercola is interviewing Dr. Don Huber about the implications of GMO crops.

A large part of the problem is the herbicide glyphosate that the seeds
are designed to be compatible with. Please make sure you watch 4:35 – 8:12 to get the most important detail.

You will hear that glyphosate is a chelator that immobiles something called cations. The end result is that nutrients like calcium, iron, magnesium, potasium and others may be present in foods but are not biologically available to the plants or to us. The problem is significant, is currently impacting feed crops such as corn, soy beans and alfalfa and is being transferred to us. The end result is a peculiar limited malnutrition that has caused the resurgence of 40 plant diseases and serious fertility issues in animal populations. In theory and likely in practice, we are also seriously affected although the evidence supported this is still building.