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What are the benefits of adding wheatgerm to your diet?

Asked by Jude (32098points) March 26th, 2012

I often hear about people adding it to their cereal, breakfast smoothies and other food items. So, what’s so great about wheatgerm?

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CaptainHarley's avatar

I add it to my cereal in the mornings. It’s digested more slowly than most other cereal products and feeds its energy into your body over the course of several hours. Good for most diabetics… in moderation.

Coloma's avatar

It’s a potent source of Vit. E also but eating fish and greens and nuts are too. I like it in my yogurt, gives it a little extra zing.

Jude's avatar

I’m adding it to my grocery list.

wilma's avatar

I have some in the cupboard. I just don’t know what to do with it.

Coloma's avatar

@wilma You can make it into a hot cereal, bake with it, breads, cookies, whatever.
You can blend it in with a yogurt, a couple of tablespoons and it is good that way. :-)

Adagio's avatar

Thought it worth mentioning that wheatgerm must be kept refrigerated to prevent it going rancid, so buy it freshly milled and refrigerate as soon as you get home.

Kardamom's avatar

Wheat germ is high in fiber and protein, but low on the glycemic index, so it’s one of the complex carbohydrates that is often suitable for diabetics.

The other thing wheat germ has is a high concentration of omega-3 fatty acids. These are essential fatty acids that help maintain normal cholesterol levels, reduce the risk of heart disease, high blood pressure and diabetes. If you are a vegetarian and don’t eat fish, you will need to find an alternate source for Omega 3 Fatty Acids. Wheat germ is one of them, although ground flaxseeds is an even better source (higher concentration).

Wheat germ is packed with important B vitamins, such as folate, vitamin B1 (thiamin) and vitamin B6. B vitamins are important for the heart, to make proper mood chemicals for our brain, and are critical for cardiovascular health. I believe that you can also get your b-12 from wheat germ, although if you are a vegetarian you might want to know the other good sources of b-12 come from. The easiest and most plentiful sources of b-12 come from animal sources, but if you are not a vegan you can easily get all you need from dairy products and/or eggs. But here are some Vegan Sources

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