I Took Wheatgrass Shots Every Morning for 2 Weeks. Here’s What Happened.
Let’s just say it didn’t go as I thought it would.
, you cannot treat wheatgrass shots as substantial food.That said, the drink has become popular over the years because wheatgrass is said to reduce blood sugar levels, give skin a radiant glow, and aid weight loss—but is there any evidence behind these claims?
Are wheatgrass shots healthy?green juice, the idea of a chlorophyll potion sounds too good to be true—and that’s because it kind of is. For now, more research is needed before the many health claims surrounding wheatgrass shots can be substantiated, Anderson-Haynes explains. Wheatgrass is inherently nutritious, as it contains amino acids, vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants, but because there have been so few human studies on it, it’s unclear what a shot of the stuff actually does.
The little research so far has shown some promise, but not without caveats. One2001 studyfound that chlorophyllin (a derivative of the antioxidant found in wheatgrass) might trap carcinogens in the gut—but only when study participants ingested 100 milligrams three times a day for four months, so not exactly practical. Swedish scientists discovered that chlorophyll supplements (so, not the same as taking an occasional shot of the stuff) seemingly headtopics.com
reduced hunger, but the study only included 20 overweight women who ate meals high in carbs.Experts don’t really know enough to have an official stance on the wheatgrass shots, says Shereen Lehman, M.S., adjunct faculty member at the University of Bridgeport Human Nutrition Institute. “There are few human studies on the benefits of wheatgrass, and scientists have yet to figure out if humans can benefit and how much they’d need to consume for better health.”
Should you take wheatgrass shots?The jury’s still out on whether or not wheatgrass shots are beneficial, but no research has found them to be harmful to most people. Anderson-Haynes recommends increasing vegetable intake in general—if you choose to do it with wheatgrass shots, you’ll probably still reap the rewards of
eating more plants, as long as you ingest them in moderation.Some people might want to avoid wheatgrass, however. Pregnant or breastfeeding women might want to consider skipping it out of an abundance of caution, due to limited research. Those with celiac disease or who are
avoiding glutenshould also think twice about wheatgrass: “It is gluten-free, but it can be contaminated during harvesting with other wheats,” Anderson-Haynes warns.Hoping to replicate the chlorophyll, vitamins, and fiber found in wheatgrass without having to drink it? “If you’re trying to match the profile of wheatgrass, I would say it’s very similar to green, headtopics.com
,” which also contain chlorophyll, Anderson-Haynes explains. So instead of mainlining young grass, you can also throw kale, spinach, or arugula into your smoothies or recipes—not to mention simply eating more veggies and fruits of all kinds.What’s it really like to take a wheatgrass shot?
The official verdict may still be out, but there are enough devoted fans out there to make us want to try it for myself. Here’s what happened when I took a wheatgrass shot every morning for two weeks:Advertisement - Continue Reading BelowI severely underestimated how gross it was.
SKunevski/Getty Imagesorganic wheat grass powderbecause it was far cheaper than forking over $4 for a single shot at my local juice bar. It was also far easier than juicing fresh wheatgrass myself.In its dried form, wheatgrass looks a lot like green sand. Mixed with water and vigorously stirred, it’s even worse. It looks like the inside of a lawnmower bag and tastes like how a compost pile smells. I gagged drinking it. By day two, I developed a new technique. I huffed out a few breaths before knocking it back and tried not to breathe as I choked it down. It seemed to work; at least I couldn’t really taste it.
I was really, really hungry.OK, so I should tell you that I decided my daily wheatgrass shot would be my breakfast (yes, against the better judgment of experts).Don’t ask me why I did this when I easily could have downed it along with my usual peanut butter-topped apple. I guess I thought that having wheatgrass on an empty stomach would be the best way to feel the effects. But I have to admit, I’ve made better decisions in my life. headtopics.com
While a wheatgrass shot has about 20 calories, my usual breakfast has around 200 calories. I was expecting to be hungry, but the surprise was that I wasn’t hungry right off the bat. Instead, it was a delayed hunger that still left me ravenous by lunchtime, which means that I probably ate more during the rest of the day, without even noticing it. Not exactly a recipe for weight loss.
The nutrition pros agreed that I should have continued eating breakfast: “Eating something like oatmeal and yogurt would be a better breakfast than just drinking wheatgrass,” Lehman explains.I felt more energized.About 10 minutes after my first shot, I felt a surge of energy. I noted a similar effect on subsequent days. Whether that was the magical power of chlorophyll or a placebo effect, I couldn't say for sure, but I'm leaning toward the latter.
While Lehman mentioned that thevitaminsand chlorophyll in wheatgrass might help promote healthy digestion and aid the body’s natural detoxification processes, she didn’t mention improved energy as a possible benefit. And I’m pretty sure I talked myself into finding some benefit as a pep talk/apology for making my body chug this disgusting stuff.
It got me thinking about healthy eating.Cavan ImagesGetty ImagesI started taking wheatgrass shots right around the time that Easter candy started invading grocery store shelves—historically, a very dangerous time for my diet. I’m not going to lie and tell you that I didn’t put a dent in a few bags of pastel M&Ms, but the daily ritual of drinking something green reminded me that woman cannot live on candy alone.
I found myself consciously trying to add more leafy greens into my diet, and thinking about things likeand portion size. In other words, things I should be thinking about anyway, but often don’t.I didn’t lose any weight. Read more: Prevention Magazine »
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