Wheat germ more than likely means little to most people unless they’ve seen it in the health foods aisle of their supermarket. Unfortunately, all too little is known by the public about wheat germ, as, in reality, it is an excellent source of many things the body craves on a daily basis. There are pros and cons to introducing this food staple to your diet, so lets run through a short summary so you can be informed should you decide to try it.
Wheat germ is at the center of the wheat seed, and it’s absolutely loaded with nutrients. Containing B vitamins, zinc, iron, potassium, phosphorus and selenium, wheat germ is undoubtedly nutrient-rich. And what’s better is that all these nutrients are packed into an easily digestible and naturally occurring food source —no need for vitamin supplements.
In addition to being packed with nutrients, wheat germ is an excellent source of fiber (containing the same amount as a slice of whole wheat bread in under 2g) and also a great source of protein (2 tbsp contains 3.3g of protein). All in all, wheat germ is a surprisingly well-rounded food staple, that is surprisingly under-utilized in our modern western diets.
Having said that, there are some things to watch for if you decide to introduce wheat germ to your diet. Firstly, with all the nutrients comes a hefty pack of calories. a 2 tbsp serving of, in fact, contains 52 calories alone. So if you’re looking to lose weight, be conscious of the amount you have, so that the nutrient-dense food doesn’t ruin your weight-loss goals. Additionally, wheat germ does contain gluten, so if you’re gluten intolerant, you may want to look elsewhere for these nutrients and health benefits.