View Full Version : Would I get some of the same benefits?
02-21-2006, 04:18 PM
I was wondering would I get some of the same benefits from wheat grass sprouts that I would from growing the grass? Has anyone ever tryed this and had positive results. I've read of all the great things that wheat grass does for the body but can the sprouts help also.
02-21-2006, 04:51 PM
The real power of wheatgrass is in the greens - all the minerals and such. If you're eating the sprouted wheat seed you will be getting nutrients, but not at anywhere near the same level. Even people that are allergic to gluten can drink wheatgrass (the gluten is only in the grain). The grass has many nutrients not found in the grain.
I would consider wheat a food, that many choose not to eat. And wheatgrass more of a superfood nutrient boost! Especially when grown in a 10% sea water solution - it's amazing!
02-21-2006, 05:13 PM
can you explain how it's grow in the sea water solution? do you grow it this way?
i'm not sure how it's produced here in the US by the time they get it at the health food stores.
02-21-2006, 06:08 PM
Wheatgrass is sprouted wheat . . . you just need to let it grow, and let it get some sun to turn green.
That being said, I think that the green grass is the really powerful stuff, but I'm sure any sprouted grain will give you some benefits.
Additionally, your body can't really break down the fiber of the grass, so if you do grow it to the grass stage, be sure to juice, blend, or chew the fiber really well.
02-21-2006, 10:08 PM
Wheatgrass is very prone to mold! To control the mold here are a few steps you can take:
1. Don't soak your seed longer than 8 hours and plant right after you finish soaking, this will help stop the mold from developing.
2. Water with Real (Mineral) Salt, or elemite when the wheatgrass is very young. 1 Tablespoon per gallon.
3. Keep the growing temperature somewhat cool (70 degrees) and also dry.
4. If you still have mold, you can power rinse the mold off before you juice.
If it is too cold outside (50 degrees and below) where you are growing your grass, the wheatgrass will grow very slowly. If you let it get below 32 degrees, it will freeze. Anything above about 75-80 degrees and your wheatgrass will not thrive. Under the hot conditions you will experience more mold, and the roots will go sour and sometimes cause the grass to wilt. The ideal conditions for wheatgrass and barleygrass are 1) indirect sunlight, and 2) moderate weather (70 degrees)
Space often can become a problem once you start growing lots of wheatgrass and sprouts. Very inexpensive racks can be purchased from a local hardware store, or you can make a rack with PVC pipes. This seems to be a better solution for those who have their wheatgrass scattered all over their kitchen.
If you dont use the grass fast enough, your wheatgrass will get old, so here is a good solution! Whether you buy or grow your own flat of wheatgrass, if you dont use the grass fast enough it begins to turn yellow and wilt (because it has used all the minerals from the soil.) Right as it begins to tinge yellow, cut all the rest of the grass off of the flat and put it in a plastic bag in your refrigerator. The grass will last for about one week after it is cut.
02-21-2006, 10:34 PM
I've tryed growing wheat grass and the mold took over so I stopped. With your information I will try again and this time I'll have wheat grass for sure.
Thanks so much.
02-21-2006, 10:53 PM
Hi Ann - make sure you get really good quality wheat - if you got a hold of a bnad batch of wheat you'd have tons of mould!
For sea water agriculture they recommend 10% sea water to 90% water. The plants are able to take up the nutrients, and you end up with a huge increase in mineralization in the plants. This is exciting since we can use the minerals from the plants!
If you're able to find a nutrient comparison between sprouted wheat (soaked and maybe with small tails) and compare that to wheatgrass you'd see a HUGE difference. Eating a starchy seed as compared to eating green grass is quite different.
Anyhow - if you can get your hands on some sea water I defnitely recommend trying to grow wheatgrass with a 10% solution. Much less mould and tastier grass too.
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