106: Wheat Germ
I recently bought a packet of Origins raw wheat germ from the supermarket after learning about the goodness of including wheat germ in your daily diet.
Mayo Clinic names wheat germ as one of the top 10 great health foods for eating well.
What exactly is wheat germ? Wheat germ is the part of the wheat they remove when making refined flour. It is only approximately 2.5% of the weight of a grain of wheat but it is the part of the wheat kernel that germinates and turns into a plant. In fact, even though it is a tiny part of the wheat, it is the most nutrient-rich part of the wheat. The majority of the kernel’s fat in found in wheat germ. Due to the high levels of nutrients contained in the wheat germ, it is extracted from the kernel and consumed as a supplement.
Wheat germ contains many essential nutrients and is a good source of:
- B vitamins such as folate, niacin, thiamin, and vitamin B6
- Complex carbohydrates
- Omega-3 fatty acids
- Vitamin E
Something really good is that wheat germ can be used as flour substitute (up to 1 1/2 cups of flour) for baking cookies, cakes and bread. The next time I bake some cookies, I will definitely add in my wheat germ. And I will definitely recommend Mum to put in wheat germ when she bakes the bread using the bread machine.
For now, I added in the wheat germ to my homemade granola, for my daily hearty wholesome breakfast. Wheat germ can be added into yoghurt too! Plus, toasted wheat germ can also be used as a substitute for bread crumbs in many recipes. Cool right?:) Wheat germ is so versatile.
I think everyone should start including this power food into their diets too! Highly recommended. And I believe it is widely available at supermarkets and health stores. I bought mine at a neighbourhood NTUC supermarket.