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What's So Great About Wheat germ?

Let’s take a groovy time machine back to the far out 1970’s today. Not all things from the ‘70’s are worth res­ur­rect­ing (the Pet Rock comes to mind). But wheat germ, that bran muf­fin boost­ing, meat­loaf bulk­ing pow­der your mom likely used, does indeed deserve to make an appear­ance in your mod­ern kitchen. So don’t be a square, get on board with this nutri­tion star and be cool, man (to be hon­est I was very young in the ‘70’s so its pos­si­ble these terms were only spo­ken by Fat Albert and the gang in which case, my apolo­gies to true 1970’s aficionados).

Accord­ing to the Mayo Clinic, wheat germ is found at the cen­tre of a grain of wheat and is sys­tem­at­i­cally removed in the pro­cess­ing of wheat into flour. Unfor­tu­nate, since so many of the most impor­tant nutri­ents are actu­ally con­tained in the germ. “It's an excel­lent source of thi­amin and a good source of folate, mag­ne­sium, phos­pho­rus and zinc. The germ also con­tains pro­tein and fibre.”

As one of the best nutri­tional sources of folate (the aver­age woman needs 400-800mcg daily and wheat germ pro­vides 100mcg per 1 oz serv­ing), wheat germ can con­tribute to a healthy preg­nancy as well as whether or not there will even be a preg­nancy in the first place. That’s because, accord­ing the www.3fatchicks.com “Diets that are rich in wheat germ have proven through sci­en­tific stud­ies to be more effec­tive at help­ing women to be fertile.”

It is also a great source of Vit­a­min E, known to help pro­tect the health of hair, nails and bones. And unlike some foods, the antiox­i­dants in wheat germ do not appear to be degraded by heat, mak­ing them hardier and bet­ter suited to all sorts of prac­ti­cal uses in cooking.

And the best part: it is vir­tu­ally unde­tectable when added to recipes, great news for many par­ents. While chil­dren are rarely low in folic acid and do not need to sup­ple­ment, adding this throw­back to the hippy, trippy days of the 1970’s to some of your favourite recipes for all of the other health ben­e­fits (fibre, full­ness, healthy fats and antiox­i­dants) means that wheat germ can be another trick of the trade in deliv­er­ing nutri­tion to the most dis­cern­ing of munchkin diners.

Due to the nat­u­rally occur­ring oils in wheat germ, it can go ran­cid so once opened it is best stored in the fridge for up to 9 months. Here’s a link to everyone’s favourite TV doc, Dr Oz and 4 of his favourite recipes to add wheat germ to, includ­ing a totally kid-friendly smoothie and, I’m sorry, did some­one say wheat germ POPCORN….how has this man not won a Nobel Prize yet?!


One Comment

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