100 Health facts and tips (#11 of 100)
#11. Wheat Germ is 2 of 4 things you should have for breakfast every day.
Wheat germ is usually packaged in sacks or boxes just like flour. Yet, it should normally be refrigerated. Because of its oily state, it does not keep for long periods. Sounds like a bad thing, but food that decays quickly or grows mold indicates that other organisms believe it is good for food. That probably bodes well for your consumption.
The germ is the germinating portion of the wheat kernel. Think of it like the heart of the seed. It has a vast amount of protein and is full of B-vitamins as well as fiber. Protein is vital in body tissues, immune health, and energy production. B-vitamins are important for the heart and mood moderation directly impacting the chemicals in our brains. Fiber, you may know, is important for digestion helping the body to eliminate wastes as well as fats. Many support fiber as a key diet ingredient for weight management.
Get your wheat germ in the fibrous state or as an oil. Either way, your body will thank you when you consume it every day for breakfast.
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[Taunya is nurse, author, and director of MAWMedia Group’s Health Literacy efforts. Find her author page at facebook.com/authorTSW]