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May 1, 2006 05:25 PM

What exactly is wheatgrass juice?

  • r

One of my co-workers talks about wheatgrass juice all the time. What is it and why do folks drink it? Thanks,Richie

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    Das Ubergeek

    It's juice pressed out of wheatgrass, which is exactly what it sounds like -- grass. People drink it for regularity and because theoretically it "cleans" toxins out of the system.

    It tastes absolutely horrible, I might add.

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    1. re: Das Ubergeek
      JK Grence (the Cosmic Jester)

      I don't think it tastes horrible, it just tastes very, very green. I find it gives a burst of energy that feels better than coffee jitters.


      1. re: JK Grence (the Cosmic Jester)

        Maybe that charge is from your teeth being set on edge...I'm kidding, I'm kidding!

        Seriously, if you decide it's someting you want to try, get it mixed into a Jamba Juice smoothie. It's harder to taste, they juice it fresh at the store, and it will turn your smoothie amazingly green.

        1. re: JK Grence (the Cosmic Jester)

          Wow, I'm impressed! You're quite literally the first person I've heard from - juicing enthusiast or not - who actually says he likes the stuff. (g,d&r)

          I tried it first as a little kid (when the whole health food thing was starting to go semi-mainstream) and couldn't believe anyone would drink it on purpose. I've tried is since and while I don't feel quite that strongly about it, I still wouldn't drink it unless they proved it could raise the dead.;)

          1. re: MikeG
            JK Grence (the Cosmic Jester)

            I didn't say I liked it, I just said I didn't hate it.


            1. re: MikeG

              Make that two. I love the stuff.

          2. re: Das Ubergeek

            DU, I've tried that stuff once. When you burp wheatgrass and hour later, suddenly all the concern for cattle flatulence takes on real meaning. Wheatgrass just confirms humans were meant to be carnivores.

            1. re: Das Ubergeek
              Morton the Mousse

              I've had delicious wheatgrass and horrible whatgrass -like with all foods quality varies. When I've tried it at smoothie shops like Jamba Juice it's been disgusting. But the stuff I get from the sprout man at my local farmers market is wonderful - sweet and refreshing. I would drink it purely for taste, regardless of nutritional claims.

              1. re: Morton the Mousse

                Morton the Mouse,
                My Mom and Dad love wheat grass, they live in Utah and get their supply from Wild Oats. They came to visit me in D.C. and we bought the wheat grass from My Organic Market in Alexandria, Virginia. He loved it and commented on how much better it tasted than his supply at home. I just found out that My Organic Markets supplier is the sprout man in Upper Black Eddy, Pennsylvania. That is all the information I can find. Is your supplier perhaps the same as the one I am looking for? If so, can you give me his information, so that we can order some if possible. Thank you in advance for your attention to this matter.

                1. re: Brynn

                  Sorry, Brynn, but my supplier is based out of the Bay Area. Besides, I dont think wheatgrass would ship well. If your folks are looking for a quality alternative to Wild Oats, they might consider growing their own. There's a lot of literature out there on the subject if you google wheatgrass.

              2. re: Das Ubergeek

                Ya wanna know what it tastes like? Imagine licking the blade of a lawnmower. That's it...exactly.

              3. I've wondered about this too. This blurb from Yahoo is good enough for me. I think I'll pass.


                1. Vomituous.


                    definitely persuaded me to give up my feeble attempts at getting all my fruit and vegetable servings through wheatgrass, and partly persuaded me to forgo jamba juice period.