If there is one grain which deserves to have a crown in the health benefits department, nothing will probably beat wheat germ. You may be more familiar with wheat in its ‘processed’ form: whole wheat bread, noodles and cookies. However, the processing of these food items has taken away almost 50% of the nutrients that you can gain from wheat in its natural form, that is why it is crucial to pick the right types of food which contain unprocessed wheat germ.
Generally, wheat germ is rich in dietary fibers, vitamins B6 and E, as well as folate, thiamin, zinc and magnesium. All these vitamins and nutrients combine to make wheat germ a power-packed health food which also serves as a good antioxidant. More importantly, wheat germ and other whole grains lower the risk of cardiovascular disease.
If you have absolutely no idea how to enjoy wheat germ in its unprocessed state, just a quick search on the Internet will result to hundreds of recipes on how you can incorporate wheat germ into breads, muffins, biscuits, pancakes – even pizza! How’s that for food innovation?