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!

Drinking Wheatgrass Juice At The Farm

Ellen In Adele’s Ear

Adele enjoys some wheatgrass in the most unconventional way in this comedy piece from the Ellen Degeneres show. Enjoy!

Question About Wheatgrass Delivery

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How much extra is it to ship to Canada?

Nothing. Our prices never have extra charges. The prices you see are all inclusive and in the currency of the delivery country. We always includes everything required to get it to you overnight with no surprise extra shipping fees, duties or taxes. You can see our prices here:

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How does the wheatgrass juice stay frozen during the shipping process?

All shipments are delivered overnight, so they come quickly. The boxes are well insulated, have lots of ice and have 1.5 days of ship life in them. If it is delivered to your home and opened when you return from the office, everything will be well frozen.

Does the frozen wheatgrass have all of the same benefits as fresh wheatgrass never frozen?

Frozen wheatgrass is dramatically superior to the greenhouse grasses that you refer to as fresh. It is much more accurately described as being field grown wheatgrass vs greenhouse grown wheatgrass. We only field grow and our juice has 10% to 50% more nutrients (ie. iron is 10%, chlorophyll is 50%), no simple sugars (roughly 15% in the greenhouse) and no molds (all greenhouse grass have mold issues). This makes it more nutritious, sugar free and far better tasting and tolerated.

Learning To Think And Code

Learning To CodeScreen Time You Can Live With

Our house has no TV and the kids get very little screen time. We found that whatever was saved by parking the kids in front of a screen was paid for 2x over trying to end the activity.

We do have screens, particularly computers and they can be used for good. Anything that helps us learn to think, create and action items is terrific.

We have found a web-based learning to code tool that we really like. Check it out at:

Studio.Code.Org

 

Screens Are Disrupting Our Sleep. Here Is The Fix.

The late night viewing of television, computers and smartphones / tablets is problematic. The type of light is disrupting our sleeping patterns which removes the opportunity for the body to properly rest and restore itself.

The issue seems to be the high levels of blue light produced by our LED screens. While bright and easy to see, the unintended side-effect is that the bright light mimics daylight and tells us to wake-up.

There are some simple solutions that automatically dim your screens and change the temperature of the colors to remove the offending blue.

F.lux (Mac / Windows / Jailbroken iOS Devices)
https://justgetflux.com/

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Twilight (Android)
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.urbandroid.lux

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Sleep well!

Derek | Tom | Janice | John
DynamicGreens Wheatgrass

Vitamins and Supplements: Magic Pills?

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Vitamins and Supplements: Magic Pills?

Eye opening information on supplements from Canada’s investigative journalism show. 33% of 45 samples taken contain zero, that’s right absolutely none of the listed supplement. Check out the video for lots more…

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!

Where Does Cereal Grass Like Wheatgrass Grow?

Cereal grasses are one of the most important food groups that we can consume. Every cereal grass, from the green leaves of barley, wheat, rye, and oats, are nutritionally similar. These grasses differ from the mature seeds in terms of their nutritional and chemical consistency. Plant nutrients attain their peak heights as they near their brief, but critical, jointing stage. There are several stages that are required to let cereal grass grow properly, but the three most important stages involve good soil, the right moisture levels, and the right temperatures.

Suitable soil

Good topsoil is a must to let cereal grass grow properly. Some combination of healthy composted soil is also a possibility. In Ontario, for instance, the Ontario Greenbelt forms an ideal growing ground for a variety of different products including wheatgrass. The Greenbelt forms two million acres of protected farmland, wetlands, forests, and watersheds from development. The Canadian government also protects the Greenbelt, making it an ideal location for sustainable agricultural development.

Some of the best areas in the world to grow cereal grasses are those that consist of a hybrid mixing of soils from different areas. These areas provide nutrient-rich soils that allow cereal grasses to grow to their full potential. Hands-on crop rotation and land management is key to keeping soil at its optimal level for cereal grass growing conditions.

Suitable Moisture

The soil needs to be damp in order for these cereal grasses to develop properly. As it grows, these cereal grasses are watered daily or every other day to keep the soil moist. Cereal grass growers are careful to avoid wet and swamp conditions, as this can cause the young seeds to develop mold. Overwatering the soil is a common culprit, but the benefits of growing outdoors help protect plants from succumbing to mold.

The best environment for growing cereal grasses is one with consistent rain levels that don’t get excessive. Of course, there are a variety of different environments to which plants can adapt. Because the soil in the Greenbelt is so variable from farm to farm and even from field to field, cereal grasses and many other forms of produce have a unique advantage.

In periods of heavy rains, soils with high contents of sandy loam that also drain well will produce the best crops of cereal grass. In drier periods, heavy clays help retain moisture to produce the best crop. A combination of both of these types of farmland makes for the ideal cereal grass growth environments.

Ideal Temperature Conditions

Excessive heat is not productive for young cereal grass to grow as they are trying to sprout. Many companies attempt to grow cereal grasses indoors or in greenhouses, but they often creates a product with less nutrition that is also prone to mold. Temperate climates with consistent rainfall provide the best growing conditions for cereal grasses to develop.

All of these together are essential factors for these cereal greens to effectively progress through their growth stages. Nutrient concentrations vary based on the growing conditions and the growth stages at which the grasses are harvested. While it is possible to grow cereal grasses indoors, you get a better product from field grown cereal grasses. The root systems are deeper, the growth cycle is ten times longer, there are no simple sugars, the nutrient levels are much higher, and the taste is noticeably better.

 

 

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!

USDA Database for the Oxygen Radical Absorbance Capacity (ORAC) of Selected Foods, Release 2

Oxygen Radical Absorbance Capacity (ORAC) is a method of measuring antioxidant capacities of different foods and you can learn more about it here at Wikipedia ORAC.

In terms of wheatgrass juice, there is a study done with regards to Wheatgrass Juice ORAC Rating.

It is a wet weight reading and shows:
ORAC range of 3,990 – 4,820 per 100 grams

Correlation between the high antioxidant capacity of fruits and vegetables, and the positive impact of diets high in fruits and vegetables, is believed to play an important role in the free-radical theory of aging. It was developed by the scientists at the National Institute on Aging in the National Institutes of Health (NIH) in Bethesda, Maryland, but this method is not approved by the National Institute of Heath. The US Department of Agriculture lists a database of the ORAC value of common foods (no wheatgrass).

ORAC is one of those confusing numbers as a number of health food companies spin the numbers. When comparing ORAC data, some evaluations will compare ORAC units per grams dry weight, others will evaluate ORAC units wet weight and still others will look at ORAC units/serving. Under each evaluation, different foods can appear to have higher ORAC values and most of these values have never been published in scientific literature. To make it just a little more confusing, it is not known whether such values are accurate or how absorbable and functional these concentrated antioxidants are in the human body.

If the data was being spun for marketing purposes, it could be represented as dry weight which would show:
99,750 – 120,500 per 100 grams

For proper comparison purposes, you should use the range of 3,990 – 4820 per 100 grams. Note that 100 grams represents about 3.4 fl. oz. of wheatgrass juice.

Website Redesign Completed

dynamicgreensPlease Tell Us If You Have Challenges

Over 50% of our customers now access our website on a smart phone. The new website is completely mobile friendly and will work on your desktop computer, laptop, tablet or phone.

Please let us know if you spot any challenges by sending us a message here. We have had a few issues that have been addressed.

My Account Setup

If you have ordered from us before, you need to create an account. Our apologies for the inconvenience, not having this information uploaded was a design oversight and we are working to rectify it.

 

Thank You For 2014

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Hi everyone. Thank you for a great year. Just wanted everyone to know that the last delivery day this year is December 18th. It is a bit restrictive but experience has taught us that it is really difficult to ship at this time of year. As you know, we want to always give you the very best!

Shipping Box Recycling

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Our shipping boxes are type 6 and 100% recyclable when accepted by your local recycling program. In Ontario, Canada, the City of Toronto and Peel Region accept type 6 and you can place your shipping box right in your blue bin for recycling. Your area may also offer this service so check if you can.

Two new studies debunk benefits of multivitamins

taking-vitaminsHere is a link to the latest story https://news.ca.msn.com/top-stories/two-new-studies-debunk-benefits-of-multivitamins

Food really is the only way to go in the pursuit of nutrition and vibrant health. We’ve known that supplementation doesn’t work for 20 years now, ever since the Physicians Health Studies I and II (https://phs.bwh.harvard.edu/phs1.htm) but 40% of people still use them.

2013 Christmas Delivery Schedule

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Holiday Delivery Schedule – our ability to deliver is limited by the holidays so get your order in sooner rather than later! For both the U.S. and Canada, the last delivery day of the year is Dec 19th resuming January 7th. Farm pickups will still be available during the holidays.

Wheatgrass Harvest – Fall 2013

 

Wheatgrass Farm Fall HarvestOur fall harvest was very successful. Just wanted to let everyone know that we have an ample supply of terrific juice. You will be able to get what you want when you want.

Wheatgrass Sold Out – Sign Up For Notification

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We are temporarily sold out of wheatgrass juice (oat grass juice is still available). The wheat fields were planted in the fall, look good and we expect to have juice around June 1st. We will let you know right here.

Oat Grass Juice Available

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Oat grass juice exclusively available at the farm. Widely available as powder but never as living, unpasteurized juice. Oat grass juice has a sweeter taste and a similar nutritional profile to wheatgrass juice. Tell us…are you interested…are their other things you would like to see us do.

Fall 2012 Harvest

Wheatgrass Farm Fall HarvestIt is fall harvest time! Please excuse us during this time as telephone and email coverage is a bit difficult…also, orders are best placed online. We’ll do our best to respond but be will be focused on juice making first for the next 3 weeks or so.

 

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.

Recycling The Shipping Boxes

recycled-shipping-boxSpecial thanks to Laurie in Calgary, AB, Canada for showing an amazing way to repurpose our shipping boxes. She turned them into beautiful planters (see the two boxes on the right side of the picture) after being inspired by this how-to link.

For the rest of us…the boxes are 100% recyclable if you can get them to a type 6 recycling center. You can find these centers for drop-off and mail-in by following this link:
Recycling Locations

DynamicGreens Wheatgrass Juice Is Gluten Free

gluten-freeYes! Our wheatgrass juice is safe and tested gluten free, but many wheatgrass products should not be used. Please read this entire message for a complete understanding.

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.

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