Processing and Storage
Because the oils and antioxidant content are a major part of what make the wheat germ so healthy, the germ is extremely perishable when exposed to air and can get rancid during the milling process. It is important when it is processed that there is an attempt to decrease the exposure to air as much as possible. Some wheat germ is also "defatted" by using chemicals called hexanes; we recommend you avoid these, for these forms do not have any of the healthful oils or vitamin E.
You should refrigerate your wheat germ after you open it to keep it fresh.
How You Can Get Wheat Germ Into Your Diet
While most of us get more than enough wheat in our diet, because the wheat germ is removed, we are usually not getting the best part of the wheat.
Wheat germ is fantastic food that usually is in the form of a coarse powder. You can easily incorporate it into protein shakes, oatmeal, casseroles, muffins, and sprinkled over cereal or yogurt. We like to make pancakes with it. You can even make a tea out of it by brewing one tablespoon per two cups of water; steep for 20 minutes, then filter and drink.
When Should You Stay Away From Wheat Germ?
While wheat germ is generally a wonderful food for health, patients who have Celiac’s Disease or other wheat and gluten allergies or sensitivities should stay away from wheat germ, as well as other wheat and gluten products.