A new study reminds us that smoothies may not be God’s divine nectar, despite the claims of certain companies. A smoothie might encourage people to eat more fruits and berries, but it also has a nasty habit of getting sugars and acids on your teeth. Tooth decay is a possible consequence of drinking daily smoothies because the sugar fosters bacteria and the acids decay the tooth. However, a new lollipop has been proven to fight cavities because of the properties of it’s ingredients- licorice root. So, put down the smoothies and pick up some cavity fighting lollipops!
My lovely wife recently proclaimed that she may buy some wheatgrass to grow so that we can liquify it and add it to smoothies. Believe it or not, I looked at her skeptically, and asked her why she thought it was worthy of being added to her daily diet. And she *sighed* and dragged out her vegan book from a decade ago that extolls the virtues of wheatgrass as the “king of all juices”. I’ll briefly list here the “qualities” of wheatgrass as described by the book RX Prescription for Dietary Wellness. There simply is not much science to back up these claims, so you’ll have to forgive me for calling these “facts” lies. Until somebody corrects me with a scientific wheatgrass study, I stand by my assertion that the authors are lying…
- Wheatgrass is high in cholorophyl and will stop the development of unfriendly bacteria.- It doesn’t matter if it’s high in chlorophyl, humans don’t use chlorophyl to metabolize sugars like plants do. We can’t even digest grass, but somebody decided to liquify it. There is absolutely no reason to think that wheatgrass will stop the formation of any bacteria, let alone the bad ones. This claim is unsubstantiated.
- It is actually akin to red blood cells and is the best blood purifier we have. Chlorophyl may be similar in structure to hemoglobins, but that does not mean ANYTHING. The best blood purifier we have is our liver, followed closely by our lungs and kidneys. We don’t need to purify our blood with chlorophyl because the human organs are much more capable of this task.
- Wheatgrass is good for energy and body building. A shot of wheatgrass has 15 calories and is nearly without vitamins.
- It is the best for expelling elevated metals in the body. A claim that is not backed by any evidence, scientific studies, or for that matter- common sense.
- Beneficial for blood sugar and the best for healing the colon and lungs. No it isn’t. This is a lie.
- Effective as a douche or gargle for sore throats. No it isn’t. This is also a lie.
- Wheatgrass has great healing powers. Have you noticed how animals eat grass when they are ill or have worms? I have noticed this. The grass actually makes them regurgitate because they can’t digest it. There are no healing properties… only nauseous properties. Yummy.
- Live juices can save you hundreds of dollars in medical bills. WHAT??? That is an irresponsible lie without one shred of evidence to back it up!
I’m not the only skeptic who is going after wheatgrass. It just so happens that the “king of juices” is the first target of the Skeptologists’ pilot episode. The skeptologists has some of my favorite skeptics: Steven Novella from SGU, Phil Plait the Bad Astronomer, Kirsten from This Week in Science, and even Yau Man from Survivor. Check out their promo video…