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November 2012 Issue

The Whole Truth About Wheat Grass

Wheat grass is sprouting up all over—as a “boost” at the neighborhood juice bar, performance enhancer at athletic events and even as the star ingredient of “the wheat grass diet,” which promises an abundance of health benefits. But does this grass really deliver, or is it a simple case of the grass is greener? Back to the roots. True to its name, wheat grass is the young grass grown from wheat seeds, harvested at the point considered by proponents to be the peak of chlorophyll, protein and vitamin concentrations. Wheat grass is used both as a vegetable and a supplement—it’s sold (or grown at home) as fresh produce, fresh and frozen juice, tea and in tablet and powder forms.

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