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

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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!