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Boost of Green or Mean?

Credit: Shayan (USA)

Many moons ago when I first moved to California, a dear friend took me to this popular juice place and promptly ordered me a shot of wheatgrass with an orange slice to chase it with. Never to turn down something without first trying it, I squeezed my eyes shut and took one for the team. Grassy indeed, but the taste was fleeting. The orange prevented me from feeling like I had just ran outside and licked the lawn,  so the shot got two thumbs up.

According to the experts, wheatgrass is more than twenty times denser in nutrients than other choice vegetables, and since it’s considered a vegetable in the grass stage, it’s safe for people with wheat allergies. Score! A couple of seconds of grass tongue and you’ve got a freshly detoxed body and energy to boot.

For that reason alone, I was game to try the Wheatgrass Boost shot that AgroLabs sent me. I’m not gonna lie, I was totally expecting the same grassy icky taste that typicallyaccompanies the greeny goodness I’ve had in the past. To my surprise,the stuff wasn’t grass-like at all. In fact it was sort of tasty. Somehow they were able to mask that “natural” taste with fruits like apple and pear.

However, after reading the label, some foreign-looking words raised my “too good to be true” alarms pretty quickly.  So I brought in the big guns to break down the ingredients for me. Elisa Zied, a registered dietitian and FBG friend, was kind of enough to send me information on two ingredients I had never heard of: arganine and bisulfate of soda (AKA sodium bisulfate).

Rule of thumb, if it could cause bleeding or isn’t recommended for pregnant women, I’ll pass!  Turns out those two questionables ingredients aren’t as natural as I’d personally like. In this case, the two ingredients  combined with the fact that I really didn’t feel a burst of energy were two strikes too many. I think I’ll stick to the pure stuff next time around. Bring on the orange chasers! —Tish

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8 Comments
  1. Stephanie says:

    Heh. The fact that it came from a company with the word “Labs” in it is probably a dead giveaway.

  2. FBG Tish says:

    lol you are a wise one dear Stephanie. Some of this stuff out here is scar-REE!

  3. Kelie says:

    Aw man, another company making something healthy/good for you into something bad!!! 🙁

  4. Deb says:

    Thanks for the straight forward, honest review. Now I don’t have to waste any time or money trying this product!

  5. FBG Tish says:

    Hi Deb,

    Thanks for the comment! I feel bad when I find something I’m not really digging, but that uneasy feeling isn’t half as unnerving as faking the fbg funk to ya’ll. I’ll keep the honest posts coming 🙂

  6. Carl says:

    Hi Tish,

    I am a chemist and I checked into “bisulfate of soda”. It appears to be a better option than citric acid for lowering the pH of beverages. It only has one acidic hydrogen ion compared to three acidic hydrogen ions for citric acid. Therefore, it has less of an acidifying effect on the body which helps balance the pH of body. Just thought you might like to know.

    Carl

  7. FBGTish says:

    Oh good to know Carl! Thanks!

  8. Lived in Los Angeles for 10 years now living on the French Riviera…..LOVED wheatgrass in the States….here these Europeans have never heard of it!!! aaaggghhhh!