We’re rapidly approaching grass-cutting season, but let’s face it, most people aren’t thrilled about having to mow their grass. It’s one of those chores that simply has to be done.
Lack of enthusiasm isn’t the case for another kind of grass, though, and that's cereal grasses. These aren’t the kinds of grasses in your yard, but they too are green. And that’s about where the comparison stops.
But what are cereal grasses? Glad you asked! Cereal grasses are the young grass stages of wheat, barley, oat and rye plants, which have the look, feel, taste, and nutrient and chemical makeup of green leafy veggies. In short, they’re just like greens, not grains, and they’re packed with nutrition your body needs. In fact, lead researchers on cereal grasses say, “The leaves of the cereal grasses provide the nearest thing to the perfect food that this planet offers.”
It’s no wonder they say this about cereal grasses, however. Since the 1930s, cereal grasses have been available as a food supplement for humans and became an accepted food by the Council on Food of the American Medical Association (AMA) in 1939. The AMA recognized cereal grass as a rich source of beta-carotene, folic acid, vitamin K, calcium, iron, protein, fiber, vitamin C and the B vitamins. Fast forward to the 1950s, and it was said that cereal grasses contain every nutrient known to be required by humans, except for vitamin D.
Additionally, cereal grasses are known for their ability to support the growth of Lactobacilli, the healthy bacteria which grow naturally in the human digestive tract. We might add that cereal grasses are a complete protein. As a matter of fact, dehydrated cereal grass is 20 to 25 percent protein by weight, which is higher than sirloin steak at 16 percent, higher than eggs at 12 percent and higher than milk at 3 percent!
Cereal grasses are also packed with chlorophyll (the benefits of which we discussed last week) and are teeming with enzymes—that is, if they’re not overprocessed or overheated, which can destroy most enzymes. While we’re at it, let’s take a look at what 3.5 grams, or 1 teaspoon, of dehydrated cereal grass powder can deliver:
Crude Fiber: 600mg
Carbohydrates: a low 1.3 grams
20 Amino Acids, which make up protein
Vitamin A: 1750 I.U.
Vitamin K: 280mcg
Vitamin B12: 1mcg
Vitamin C: 11mg
Vitamin E: 1.1mcg
Niacin: 263 mcg
Pantothenic Acid: 84mcg
Folic Acid: 38mcg
Now you can see why people are going gaga over cereal grasses. They really are nearly the most perfect food on the planet.