Wheatgrass is a nutritionally rich sprout from the wheat grain. It contains Vitamins, Minerals, Chlorophyll and some Amino Acids. It provides our body with some great alkalising benefits and can help promote detoxification. But what if you are Coeliac or on a Gluten Free diet, because it is from the wheat grain?!
You'll be pleased to know that there have been studies done that show NO traces of Gluten in wheat grass. It is only the baby shoots that are use, the good green stuff, and the husk (or seed) is cut off from the bottom of the grass leaving the Wheat Grass itself FREE from any traces of Gluten.
But buyer beware!!! Not all commercially packaged Wheat Grass products are Gluten Free, especially tableted products!!! You see, the Wheat Grass itself is, but the tableting agents or other such filler may have traces of gluten that you'll have to read the fine print to see. So make sure you get up close and personal with the products and read all the fine print before you make your purchase or you could be in for a nasty surprise. Luckily, these days Gluten Free seems to be a bit a buzz word in the health industry, which means that you're likely to find the words GLUTEN FREE in big bold print somewhere on the package if it is indeed Gluten Free. Alternatively, pop in store and have a chat with one of our trained staff and they can check for you. Simple!!!
If you don't have any luck finding a suitable Gluten Free Wheat Grass supplement, why not try sprouting it for yourself. It's really easy and a lot of fun to get the whole family involved. Just follow a few simple steps...
- Soak your wheat grain for 12 hours
- Strain and leave in the strainer for a further 12 hours to help it germinate (during this time it's a good idea to rinse it as often as you remember)
- Line a tray with some paper towel and some good quality soil or compost and spread your grain evenly over the top of the soil and cover with newspaper
- Using a spray bottle, spray the seeds every morning and keep them nice and moist
- Keep them in a spot with just a little sun, but never in direct sunlight
- After a few days you will notice there is a second blade of grass coming from the seed, this means that your Wheat Grass is ready to harvest
- To harvest, simply cut the grass with some clean scissors just above the root and use it as soon as you can (it will keep for about a week in the fridge)