Wheat Germ’s Big Punch
Although diminutive in size, the lowly wheat germ is full of fiber and is one of the most nutrient-packed foods available. “Wheat germ contains a gold mine of essential nutrients-it’s rich in phytochemicals, B vitamins, vitamin E, and trace minerals such as zinc and iron, as well as healthy unsaturated fats,” states Sari Greaves, R.D., dietitian at New York-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell’s Cardiac Health Center. She says it also contains phosphorus, magnesium, thiamine, coenzyme Q10, and paraaminobenzoic acid (PABA)- a growth factor of the vitamin B complex and used as a sunscreen.
Wheat germ can easily be mixed into casseroles, muffins, and pancakes, or sprinkled over cereals.
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