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 The truth about juicing 2018-06-07 07:07 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 Columnists Medical schemes: More money in members' pockets – for now Diet and nutrition ‘My upset stomach turned out to be a coffee intolerance’ Mental health Gaming disorder may affect the brain like drugs News The corruption behind Gauteng Health crisis revealed Medical Yoga may be the right move against urinary incontinence Lifestyle Hubbly hooking lots of young adults on tobacco From our sponsors Congestion associated with sinuses can ruin your day Tell us of your unusual allergy and stand a chance to win R2 000! WIN a R2000 Skin Renewal online store voucher! FLU SURVEY: Stand a chance of winning R2 000 cash! Live healthier Living with sinusitis » 7 common sinusitis myths you shouldn’t believe Are you using the correct treatment for your sinusitis? How your mucus can be a guide to sinusitis treatment Suffering from chronic sinusitis? Your mucus might help identify the most effective treatment. Sleep better » Most physical activities help you sleep better 10 tips for better sleep 10 reasons you may have insomnia and how fix it Here are 10 reasons why you may have insomnia – along with possible ways to solve the problem.