Whole Leaf Wheatgrass Powder vs. Wheatgrass Juice Powder

March 27, 2017

Whole Leaf Wheatgrass Powder vs. Wheatgrass Juice Powder

Wheatgrass is sold in many forms; from mini trays of the live seedlings to fresh juices and various wheatgrass powders. The internet is a daunting maze of conflicting information, making it discouraging to work out the differences between the biggest sellers of powdered wheatgrass.

In this article: 

  • We look at the differences between whole leaf wheatgrass powder & wheatgrass juice powders.
  • Learn about soluable vs. insoluable fiber and what each one does for our bodies.
  • We discuss the need for more fiber in the body and how much fiber you need at the various stages of your life.

The main argument that separates powdered whole leaf and powdered juice is mainly whether or not humans can digest cellulose. Some wheatgrass powders, such as Nurtured by Nature’s Organic Wheatgrass Powder, are specifically whole-leaf, retaining vegetable fiber as well as the many nutrients of evaporated juice.

Let’s break this down to better understand the anti-cellulose fad:

  • Fiber is roughage, as my parents called it. A textured material to clean the body’s internal passages. Wheatgrass contains fiber in the form of cellulose, the wall of plant cells that give them their sturdiness.

    Yes, it’s true, humans cannot digest cellulose the way cows do because we lack the appropriate enzymes in our stomachs, but that doesn’t mean it’s pointless or bad to consume it. Quite the opposite!

  • There are two types of fiber: soluble and insoluble. Soluble fiber is found in many berries and citruses, and what soluble means is that it dissolves in liquid. Soluble fiber can be fat soluble or water soluble. Both types are beneficial in their own way.

  • Soluble fiber slows down digestion so the body has time to absorb all the goodness from the food it just received.

  • Insoluble fiber is necessary to maintain a healthy gut. It helps push all the accumulated “leftovers” that your body didn’t digest out into the porcelain throne. Gotta keep things moving in there!

  • Cellulose is an insoluble fiber and is also found in whole grains, beans, and nuts. We don’t see whole wheat bread or beans being banned from lunches because they have cellulose in them!

Wheatgrass is a great option for meeting the Recommended Daily Allowance (RDA) of fiber. The averages differ between genders and ages, but general need goes up as we age, and taper off after 50 as we become less active.

Fiber intake is directly related to how many calories you consume. More calories require more roughage.

(FYI: 20 grams of fiber is the equivalent of 5 apples or oranges, 2 cups of nuts, or 2 pounds of baby carrots.)

  • Children 1-9 years: 20-25 grams
  • Boys 10-14: 30 grams 
  • Girls 10-14: 25 grams 
  • Boys 15-19: 30-35 grams
  • Girls 15-19: 25-30 grams
  • Once adolescents reach twenty, the adult recommendation is 25 grams for women, 38 per day for men (or about 10-13 grams per 1000 calories.)
  • Over age 50 is 30 grams for men, 21 grams for women.

According to WebMD, the average adult only consumes 15 grams of fiber per day, so you can see why finding more ways to slip fiber into your diet is important. We are missing (on average) a quarter of the fiber we should be.

A scoop of Nurtured by Nature’s wheatgrass contains 8% of the daily fiber needed. Powdered whole-leaf wheatgrass is a fantastic choice for those needing more insoluble fiber in their diet. It’s not just a source of fiber but contains vitamins and minerals. It’s a complete package of nutrition to start the morning.

Other brands of wheatgrass push powdered juice minus the cellulose (aka insoluble fiber). But isn’t that missing out? This juicing process deletes an important step in the body’s natural way to clean house – not to mention the food waste involved. 

Here, at Nurtured by Nature, our wheatgrass is whole-leaf and dehydrated to raw standards after harvest, a process which preserves all the vital nutrients and fibers that make wheatgrass such a powerful superfood. 

Nutritionists have long recommended the best way to receive complete nutrition is from whole foods, not just juiced produce. It’s the whole vegetable—skin and all—that contains the vitamins and fiber needed for a healthy body.

Keep to that recommendation with organic whole leaf wheatgrass powder. There is no extraction step in the process that breaks down or removes its healthy fiber before it gets to your gut. We leave that for your body to soak up.

Whole leaf wheatgrass supports a healthy gut with fiber as well as providing hundreds of vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, essential amino acids, enzymes and all-important chlorophyll when grown and processed properly.

If you’re looking for ways to efficiently add the full daily requirements of green veggies in your diet, Nurtured by Nature Organic Wheatgrass Powder is an excellent way to start. But don’t take my word for it.

Try our wheatgrass for a month and see the difference for yourself.         

References:
http://www.webmd.com/diet/guide/fiber-how-much-do-you-need#1
http://healthyeating.sfgate.com/recommended-daily-serving-fiber-4262.html 
http://www.superkidsnutrition.com/mt_howmuchfiber/
https://www.nugofiber.com/blog/daily-fiber-intake-25-grams-looks-like/

 

Sarah Cole is a writer, cat lover and avid tea drinker from a growing family of six. She loves green spaces, her new blender, and is saving up for a whirlwind tour of Italy with her girlfriend, Tivis.





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