Information on Cereal Grasses
Learn about cereal grass effectiveness
What is so special about cereal grasses such as wheat, barley, rye, and alfalfa? Used by civilizations for centuries, cereal grasses have seen a resurgence in popularity over the past thirty years as scientists are validating the benefits.
If you are considering a green superfood or cereal grass product to improve your health, here is some general information to help you understand the science and benefits.
All cereal grasses are very similar nutritionally
Ronald L. Seibold, author of Cereal Grass, What's In It For You, has researched thousands of analysis run on cereal grasses. What he found is quite interesting. The nutritional profiles of all the cereal grasses are almost identical. In fact, if you grow wheat and barley in the same field, they are likely to be more similar nutritionally than barley grown in two different fields. The nutritional value is more impacted by the stage of growth at the time of harvesting.
Indoor tray-grown grasses do not measure up
Wheatgrass juice is quite popular, and is often grown in just water and cut and juiced within a week. However, it is probably not going to be comparable to grass grown in rich soil. Plants grown in more natural settings have access to more nutrients and are much more nutritionally powerful.
Dehydrated cereal grass products are effective
If you cannot grow your own cereal grass, the grass juice products on the market are very effective. If grown and manufactured in a consistent environment with proper quality assurance, you can be guaranteed the highest possible levels of nutrition available. In fact, studies show that these products contain more nutritional value than any green vegetable.
Processing is the most important factor to consider.
Because the nutritional profiles are similar, the type of cereal grass product you choose is not as important as how it is grown and manufactured. (The taste is probably the biggest difference--wheat is believed to taste the worst, but none of them taste wonderful.)
The growing process should be examined to determine what methods are used to preserve the richness of the soil, whether organic procedures are followed, and the consistency of the harvesting (the grass should be cut only at the optimal time).
The manufacturing of the grass into a finished product is important as well. Some inferior products are made from grass that is dried and then chopped into a fine powder. Premium products are made from juicing the grass and then drying it to powder. This process removes the fiber, leaving only potent nutrition.
To preserve nutrition, heat should be used sparingly during the drying process. Top companies use special technology to accomplish this, resulting in a product that is almost as nutritious as the original grass itself.
Do not worry too much whether your product contains wheat, barley, rye, alfalfa, or any of the other cereal grasses. They are all very similar. Also, don't assume that grasses grown in your house in trays filled with water are as nutritious as grass grown in nutritionally rich soil.
Premium green food products are designed with special attention given to the farming and the manufacturing processes. Those products are designed to preserve as much of the original nutrition as possible.
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