Wheat Germ: Information
Any whole grain consists of four main components: the husk/chaff, bran, endosperm and the germ.
- Husk/Chaff: the inedible outer layer of a grain kernel
- Bran: the main source of fiber in whole grains; also contains nutrients
- Endosperm: the main content of a whole grain containing protein and starch- this is the only portion used in refined and processed grain products
- Germ: the smallest portion of the grain, rich in vitamins, minerals and fiber
Wheat germ is simply the germ portion of a whole wheat kernel, and is rich in folic acid, vitamin E, zinc and fiber.
Wheat Germ's Health Benefits
Wheat germ can be a healthy and nutritious addition to any diet, especially those lacking in folic acid, vitamin E, zinc or fiber. Wheat germ can be added to protein shakes, cottage cheese, oatmeal, baking recipes or any other food.
Using Wheat Germ
Wheat germ has a crunchy texture and a nutty flavor, and can be used in a variety of ways: sprinkled on cereal, yogurt, fruit, or used in homemade breads.