Why You Need Wheat Germ

By Pina LoGiudice ND, LAc and Peter Bongiorno ND, LAc Directors of Inner Source Health

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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.

For a set of wheat germ recipes, click here.

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.

Pina LoGiudice ND, LAc

Article written by Pina LoGiudice ND, LAc
Co-Medical Director of Inner Source Health in New York

Peter Bongiorno ND, LAc

Article written by Peter Bongiorno ND, LAc
Co-Medical Director of Inner Source Health in New York