Known to be the first leaves of the common wheat plant, Triticum aestivum, wheatgrass has been and is widely consumed by many health enthusiasts. This superfood is claimed to provide nutritional benefits not only to the human body but also to animals. However, are they really good for our health or are they just another hyped-up trend that has started all the way from the early 1900s? Are they a friend or a foe?

Wheatgrass is usually consumed as pressed juice using the fresh grass itself. Powdered wheatgrass has also been used since the 1930s and is commercially available everywhere. Ready-made wheatgrass juice and frozen wheatgrass are also widely produced across the globe. People drink it in shots or in a glass depending on their needs or how concentrated they are. Being a “grass” itself, no wonder some may be off with its raw taste. It has a mild and sweet flavour like that of green tea. If you want to be more creative and really can’t take its taste, some people add lemon juice to it, also combine it with frozen bananas, mix it with coconut water and a lot more.

Studies have shown that wheatgrass is high in oxygen because of its chlorophyll content. As we all know, chlorophyll is the green pigment that most green plants have. And just by looking at how green wheatgrass is, its chlorophyll content is high. One study shows that in 100g of wheatgrass juice, there is 513.5 mg of chlorophyll content. Among the benefits of this superfood is that it also contains a variety of vitamins and minerals, antioxidants, protein, iron and more which helps with digestive problems, improves the immune system, lowers cholesterol, and helps with weight loss and hormonal imbalances.

And just like any other food that people consume, there are also these claims that drinking wheatgrass juice has side effects. Some say that even though wheatgrass is impressive with its high chlorophyll content, it doesn’t have much of that effect on the body, especially with the blood as “chlorophyll is LIKE hemoglobin and NOT hemoglobin”. Aside from that, drinking wheatgrass often results in nausea and vomiting, diarrhea, and might not be also beneficial for pregnant women due to its high risk of mould and bacteria.

With all these being said and just like how we consume our everyday food and drinks or anything that we intake for our body, we have to know the right amount to consume and not to consume. What may be good for others may not be good for you and vice versa. Check the nutritional content and seek advice from your nutritionist or doctor if it’s okay for you to take or not. Wheatgrass has its own beneficial effects and it has its side effects too. So to consider it a friend or a foe, take time to learn more about it and soon you’ll see its beauty for you to cherish and its dark side for you to get away from.