Wheatgrass plus lemon juice

by Phillip

Hi Amanda, I like your website, you've made a great effort at clearly and simply explaining sprouting methods.

I used to be really into raw foods, then drifted away (I found it to be a healthy but unfortunately incomplete approach to diet if done in a strictly vegan manner). However, I now have re-incorporated much of what I learned about living foods into a larger dietary framework, so I get the best of both worlds.

I noticed that you mention combining wheatgrass juice with (amongst other things) lemon juice. I used to do this, too (I found that the lemon juice makes the ghastly taste of neat wheatgrass juice much less sickly).

HOWEVER, on a couple of occasions, I happened to add the lemon juice to the wheatgrass juice and then got called away by phone calls or people knocking at the door.

When I returned to the wheatgrass+lemon mix, I noticed something interesting and disheartening - if you have ever made a fresh vegetable juice and left some of it for several hours in the fridge, you will be familiar with the fact that, as it oxidises, it seperates, and this is a very clear indicator that it has lost it's colloidal vitality. Well, if you mix wheatgrass juice with lemon juice and leave the mixture to stand for 20-30 minutes, you will be able to observe that this very same seperation effect occurs. Once I'd witnessed this on 2 seperate occasions, I didn't need to see it again - I simply stopped mixing lemon juice with my wheatgrass juice and have never done it again. It's a pity but I've seen it with my own eyes and I respect what I've been shown.

I'm guessing (though I may, of course, be wrong) that this degrading effect of lemon juice upon wheatgrass juice might have something to do with the high levels of citric acid.

Anyway, I only mention this, NOT as a criticism, but just as a friendly 'heads-up' to you - perhaps you can try leaving the mixture to stand and see if you get the same results as I did. It may change your mind on mixing lemon juice with your wheatgrass juice.

All the best, and keep up the good work, you've got a great site here!


Comments for Wheatgrass plus lemon juice

Jun 12, 2011
Wheatgeass plus lemon juice
by: Anonymous

Lemon juice will destroy the enzymes in the wheatgeass juice, like any other citrus juice. Mix with apple or other juices instead

Sep 24, 2011
Degrading effect of citric acid on wheat grass ingredients
by: dr m. b. gujar

Scientific research findings will help to come to conclusion whether wheat grass ingredients are destroyed by mixing with lemon juice.

Jul 30, 2013
Wheat grass and citrus effects
by: margaret

My question is how much do we agonize over the effect of the citrus on the enzymes of the wheat grass juice when it's going down the hatch into a boiling vat of hydrochloric acid anyways (your stomach)?

Oct 30, 2013
Impossible for citric acid to destroy WG enzymes
by: Anonymous

Enzymes are destroyed by heat at 118 degrees or more. Citric acid doesn't create heat that can destroy enzymes. I saw a comment by someone that believed adding lemon to wheatgrass juice destroys the nutrients because after letting the concoction stand for 20 or 30 minutes, the mixture separated. That seemed to be her very unscientific proof of her theory. In fact, the specific gravities of liquids and solids cause separation and settling. Bottled juices you purchase usually have emulsifiers in the contents to prevent most of the settling. So extending her theory would allow you to conclude that bottled, pasteurized juices are healthier because they don't separate, versus a raw juice you just made a few minutes ago is not healthy because it starts settling pretty much right away. A smart person can come to no other conclusion that citric acid in your wheatgrass, or chasing your shot with a piece of orange has zero effect on the nutrients in your wheatgrass.

Mar 30, 2014
Lemon Juice
by: Anonymous

From what I have read about wheatgrass, it is advised to take on an empty stomach by itself and not mixed with other juices or solids as to not disrupt the naturally quick absorption of wheatgrass juice. And the antioxidants in lemon juice actually help preserve your juice and slows down the process of oxidation if you are like some people juicing a days worth the night before. But, don't take my word for it, do your research and get answers from credible sources.

May 16, 2014
Wheat grass and orange juice
by: Anonymous

I would question the acidity affecting the wheat grass, as stomach acids also attack the wheat grass.

I sometimes add wheatgrass to my orange juice.
After a while I notice it settles, and the orange juice becomes less green; just because the heavy particles settle down.
When shaking the bottle, it looks just as green as before.

Superfoods actually mixes the grass with berries, to get a more sweet flavor to it.

I think there is no harm done adding the wheat grass in acids like lemon or orange juices; even if there was a metabolic difference, it would be the same as the grass entering the stomach acids, and being pre-digested.

My opinion is, there is no harm in it. And wheatgrass tastes awesome with orange juice!

May 02, 2015
Wheat Grass Juice with lemon grass
by: arunachalam

Does anyone know the effect of juicing lemon grass along with the wheatgrass?

Jan 22, 2016
by: Anonymous

Hi, Ive been drinking wheatgrass with half a lemon blended in it with a few other ingredients since 2000. I haven had a cold in all that time. No flu. Im going to be 47 this yr and dont have a wrinkle. I work about 2400hrs a yr and drive 700+ miles a week and start every day with a blender full of my green drink. I also sip whisky and never have a hangover. :)

Jul 12, 2016
No citrus with wheat grass
by: Anonymous

I just read some comments by Ann Wigmore that you should NEVER add citrus juice of any kind to wheatgrass as it cancels out the potency. Thought I'd let you know that in case you want to further research it. It would be a shame to be drinking wheat grass with lemon juice all along and find out later that you aren't getting as much benefit6 from it.

Aug 13, 2018
Wheatgrass and lemon juice mix
by: Kim

Do NOT MIX THE 2! I mixed wheatgrass with lemon juice and it gave me the most terrible stomach pain for hours! I normally would always drink them at different times but was in a rush and mixed it all together in water drank and omg what happened inside I DONT KNOW. But never mixing the two again. It’s like they were fighting against each other!

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