Home > Natural Health > News Updated 13 January 2014 Can humans eat grass? A Garankuwa pastor recommended eating grass to his followers. Can humans digest grass at all? 4 Related 6 bizarre foods Nausea and vomiting Assess Ask the natural health expert » Learn Natural therapies to try » Quiz Is my vegetarian diet balanced? » Test yourself: How flexible are you? » A quick guide to The Atkins Diet This medicinal plant that only grows in the Western Cape could replace antibiotics one day A pastor north of Pretoria told his Garankuwa congregation to eat grass as it would bring them closer to God.It was claimed that he performed miracles, which is why some members of his congregation were presumably prepared to follow his instructions. Apparently they were later photographed while vomiting.Can people eat grass?Is it dangerous for people to eat grass, or can it be used as a foodstuff in emergencies?Grass is not toxic, and it is edible, but that doesn’t mean that it is suitable for the human digestive system. In other words it won’t kill you, but it isn’t advisable to snack on it.Human stomachs cannot digest hard raw leaves and grass easily, but cows can.certainly eat grass. Unlike humans, cows are ruminants and have four stomach chambers enabling them to digest grass. Humans aren’t the only creatures who have difficulty digesting grass – dogs sometimes eat grass when they are feeling nauseous. It helps them to vomit as they are unable to digest this substance. Grass also contains a lot of silica, which is abrasive to human teeth. Grazing animals have teeth that can re-coat their own surfaces continually, so the silica does not affect them. Because humans are unable to digest grass, they can get almost no nutrition from it. So eating it is pointless. Also, it is likely to cause an upset stomach, which could lead to diarrhoea and vomiting, causing dehydration. This is why it is not recommended that someone who is caught in the wilderness eat grass in order to survive.(livescience.com; scienceforums.net; thenakedscientists.com) Susan Erasmus NEXT ON HEALTH24X Here's how stress can cause diabetes 2017-11-14 10:00 More: Natural HealthNews advertisement Read Health24’s Comments Policy Comment on this story 4 comments Comments have been closed for this article. Logout Comment 0 characters remaining Share on Facebook Loading comments... Other news News SA's 7 biggest health stories of 2017 Diet and nutrition Is your water hydrating you? Fitness 5 ways to save your knees and joints Lifestyle 7 ways dermatologists protect their skin – without totally avoiding the sun Fitness From obesity to a 100-miler running machine! News NSFW: Man with world’s biggest penis now ‘disabled’ From our sponsors Discover treatments that can help reduce acne What can I do to reduce or remove acne marks? Dementia and Incontinence: what you need to know WIN a R2000 Skin Renewal online store voucher! Live healthier Watch out! » Gross fungal infections you can pick up at the gym You go to gym to exercise. But make sure the only thing you pick up is a dumbbell and not one of these gross fungal infections. Holiday health » Your 10-step asthma holiday checklist Don’t let asthma ruin your summer holiday. Whether you are travelling or embracing the summer at home, make sure you plan ahead.