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What exactly is wheat germ and what is it used for?

I feel dumb lol

 
Mrs.BAT

Asked by Mrs.BAT at 7:27 PM on Sep. 16, 2010 in Food & Drink

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  • Wheat germ is very high in protein. It contains around 28 percent protein and has more protein than can be found in most meat products. The human body needs protein in order to repair tissue damage and to help minerals and nutrients reach our cells.

    The amount of nutrients that are contained within wheat germ seems endless. It contains more potassium and iron than any other food source. Also found in great quantities are riboflavin, calcium, zinc magnesium and vitamins A, B1 and B3. Vitamins B1 and 3 are very important to maintain energy levels and maintain healthy muscles, organs, hair and skin.

    Another important vitamin found in wheat germ is vitamin E. Vitamin E is a very important antioxidant. It is helpful in preventing the body's aging process and also to prevent heart disease. Vitamin E also helps to prevent blood clots and is needed to strengthen the body’s immune system.

    elisabellaguna

    Answer by elisabellaguna at 7:35 PM on Sep. 16, 2010

  • samurai_chica

    Answer by samurai_chica at 7:29 PM on Sep. 16, 2010

  • I know it's good fiber. You can add it to homemade baked goods. It may have some vitamins in it.
    jrock75

    Answer by jrock75 at 7:30 PM on Sep. 16, 2010

  • Wheat germ is a part of the wheat kernel. The germ is the reproductive part that germinates and forms the wheat grass. It contains around 28 percent protein and has more protein than can be found in most meat products. If you make your own bread or cakes you can easily add wheat germ when baking by using it instead of a small amount of flour. You will find that it has a sweet, almost nutty flavor that is not too overpowering. It can also be added to meat dishes, eggs, vegetables and even yogurt.


    mom2aspclboy

    Answer by mom2aspclboy at 7:30 PM on Sep. 16, 2010

  • Wheat germ has been found to be very beneficial in order to keep the body in tip top condition. It is used by athletes in their diet to improve cardiovascular function and improve endurance levels. Body builders will also add wheat germ to their diets in order to bulk up and maintain the nutritional levels they need to perform.

    You can buy wheat germ from all good health stores and many supermarkets will carry it as well. It can either be purchased in toasted or fresh form. There are also many food products that already contain wheat germ. A number of cereals are made with it, as well as bread and flour.
    elisabellaguna

    Answer by elisabellaguna at 7:35 PM on Sep. 16, 2010

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