5 Health Benefits of Wheat Germ

Don’t go by the size! Wheat germ is a tiny little hunk snuggled deep within the core of every single grain of wheat but its power packed with nutrition.
Don’t go by the size! Wheat germ is a tiny little hunk snuggled deep within the core of every single grain of wheat but its power packed with nutrition.

Wheat germ is an eatable section of the wheat kernel and it’s valued for its high nutritional content. Typically removed during wheat processing to prevent rancidity, it is easy to add to a person’s daily diet. This food stays fresher in the refrigerator and is available from both supermarkets and health food stores.

And if you are trying to lose weight and stay healthy this summer, here’s how wheat germ can help:

1.     Sprinkle it on your breakfast yogurt and fruit parfait or add it to your smoothie. Wheat germ has fiber so it helps you stay full longer.

2.     Working out can help you lose weight—making sure you have snack before you work out that combines protein, fat and carbohydrates will help you to have a better workout.

Sprinkling wheat germ on a banana with peanut butter, not only gives you added energy, it contributes a combo of protein, heart healthy poly-unsaturated fat and carbs.

3.     It’s important to cut back on calories when trying to lose weight. But sometimes we also cut back on nutrients that our body needs.

Wheat germ is nutrient dense and not calorie dense and contains essential nutrients such as vitamin E, magnesium, phosphorous, zinc, iron, B vitamins, thiamin and folic acid, and it’s only 50 calories for 2 tablespoons.

4.     When trying to lose weight sometimes we think it’s necessary to give up food that tastes good! Wheat germ added to food gives it a nutty, crunchy delicious flavor. You can use it in salads, any of your grains and as a substitute for bread crumbs in many recipes.

5.     Although it may seem like skipping meals would help you to lose weight, it doesn’t help! Getting overly hungry can cause you to binge and eat the wrong foods.

Wheat germ is easily portable, you can pack it in a sealable baggie and pour it over your food to make it more calorie and nutrient dense so you stay satisfied longer and don’t eat the wrong foods.

The above mentioned tips are shared for putthatcheeseburgerdown.com by Kretschmer Wheat Germ Nutritional Advisor, Elizabeth Fassberg, RD.

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