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 Parenting Your 6-month-old isn't sleeping through the night? Relax! Medical Sudden noises could kill these infant twins with a rare heart condition Medical The 5 biggest causes of digestive issues over the festive season Diet and nutrition 6 better ways to lose weight, recommended by a psychologist Medical Antibiotics and IBS – cure or culprit? Medical 5 things you should know before taking an iron supplement From our sponsors Dementia and Incontinence: what you need to know Tell-tale signs you need a mattress upgrade Keen to win a R2 000 voucher? Good health begins in your gastrointestinal tract Live healthier Infancy » Antibiotics during infancy may up childhood obesity risk New research suggests that babies who are prescribed antibiotics before they're two years old may be more likely to become obese. Seasonal changes » Is your home making you sick? Should you get injected for hay fever? Is your medication struggling to keep your seasonal allergy symptoms in check? There is a shot for hay fever – and this is what you need to know.