Types of Edible Grass

Types of Edible Grass

There are a number of different types of edible grass that have become very popular in recent days.  Edible grass, also called nutritional grass and cereal grass, is the young green plant that quickly grows into a cereal grain.  While wheatgrass has certainly become the most popular of these grasses, there are a number of other grasses that have some great benefits as well including alfalfa grass, barley grass, and oat grass.  Edible grasses have the great advantage of being very easy and cheap to produce, unlike other healthy green powders which can have very complex production processes.  Take the chlorella algae for example, which has an indigestible cell wall that needs to be cracked in order for the stomach to access the nutrients.  Companies use specific sonic frequencies and other methods to achieve this, which ads to the cost and labor of getting the algae ready for consumption.  Grasses are not nearly as complex to produce, but you still need to be a bit careful.  Some grasses and growing methods are better than others.

Wheatgrass and Wheatgrass Kits

Many people like going the route of growing their own wheatgrass using a personal wheatgrass kit.  This is a great way of getting chlorophyll into your diet.  Wheatgrass is high in chlorophyll and can help oxygenate the blood and detoxify the body.  But while this method yields a really cheap and easy way of producing a high quality grass, it’s a bit lacking in nutrient content.  Most of these kits don’t allow the root system of the grass to really develop, and depending on the soil, the grass can grow with little vitamin or mineral content.  So while you’re getting a good dose of chlorophyll, you aren’t getting a whole lot of anything else except fiber.  Buying wheatgrass powder on the other hand from a quality distributor like the product we reviewed in the last post can be can be a bit expensive though.  So if you’re really sold on the idea of wheatgrass, you may want to do a bit of research on how to grow your own, using a higher quality environment than a cheap plastic tray and some dirt.  Another great edible grass is alfalfa grass.

Alfalfa Grass

Alfalfa grass is actually my favorite type of edible grass.  It has a super high protein content, which is nice, and lots of other nutrients.  Alfalfa grass has a root system that can stretch down 20 feet into the soil, giving it the ability to soak up tons of trace minerals from the earth.  If alfalfa is grown in high quality soil, it’ll be loaded with all kinds of highly bio-available minerals.  Hopefully you can see how a grass with a 20 foot root system will be much more nutrient dense than a wheat grass kit grown in a few inches of poor soil and water on the kitchen ledge.

Barley Grass

Barley grass is also high in protein and mineral content.  As with alfalfa grass, the environment in which barley grass grows is very important.  With good soil, barley grass can yield some amazing benefits.  Here are some of the basics of barley grass.  Barley grass is can have up 1 times more calcium than cow’s milk, up to 5 times more iron than in spinach, and up to 7 times the Vitamin C in oranges.  That should sound really surprising considering that milk is known for calcium, spinach is known for iron, and oranges are known for vitamin C.  Because alfalfa grass and barley grass are comparable, I like to take both.  That way I get the unique benefits of each.

Oat Grass

Oat grass has similar benefits to alfalfa and barley grass.  There’s not a whole lot different about this style of grass except that its vitamin and mineral profile is slightly different.  Though it doesn’t have as much protein content as the other two, it’s nutrient dense when grown in a good environment.  A good practice is to vary your intake between the four different types of grasses.  That way, you’re getting the benefits of all of them.  Since each grass has specific strengths and benefits, it’s nice to mix things up a bit in order to achieve the benefits of each.

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