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The term ‘Germ’ in Wheat Germ often gives an impression of bacteria or something but here Germ stands for Germination.

Wheat Germ in Hindi will be  – गेहूँ का अंकुर

Wheat Germ

Wheat Kernel is divided into three parts Endosperm, Bran (Choker) and Germ. Germ being the tinniest and inner most part of the kernel. It is the embryo of the wheat which sprout into a new plant. As a consequence it is the most nutritious part of the wheat.

Wheat Germ is the powerhouse of Vitamins like Vitamin B, Vitamin C and Vitamin E and minerals like Zinc, Calcium, Iron, Magnesium, Phosphorus, Copper and Selenium. It is also a very good source of folic acid, protein, fibre, Omega3 and Omega6 and many other nutrients. Doctors are recommending wheat germ as dietary supplements instead of tablets.

Nature has filled Wheat will all kinds of nutrients that’s why it is a staple food. But somehow we don’t get wholesome nutrient value of wheat in our diet. This is so because bran and germ are removed from the wheat flour. And even in whole wheat flour, the amount of bran and germ is very small.

Since Germ is the most active part of the  wheat and presence of the oil, it is highly perishable. As a consequence, while milling wheat into flour, Germ is removed from the kernel. This extensively reduces the nutrient value of the whole wheat flour resulting in losses of fiber, vitamins B, vitamin E, trace minerals, unsaturated fat and about 75 percent of the phytochemicals. That’s why doctors advices to add wheat germ in flour while making dough for rotis.

It is bran (outer layer) and wheat germ which gives a light brown color to wheat. Once it is removed wheat flour becomes white in color.

 

Wheat Endosperm,Bran and Wheat Germ Nutrition

Nutritional value per 100 g (3.5 oz)
Energy 1,598 kJ (382 kcal)
Carbohydrates
51.8 g
Sugars 7.8 g
Dietary fiber 15.1 g
Fat
10.7 g
Saturated 1.83 g
Monounsaturated 1.5 g
Polyunsaturated 6.62 g
Protein
29.1 g
Vitamins
Thiamine (B1)
(145%)

1.67 mg

Riboflavin (B2)
(68%)

0.82 mg

Niacin (B3)
(37%)

5.59 mg

Pantothenic acid (B5)
(28%)

1.387 mg

Vitamin B6
(75%)

0.978 mg

Folate (B9)
(88%)

352 µg

Vitamin C
(7%)

6 mg

Vitamin E
(107%)

15.99 mg

Trace metals
Calcium
(5%)

45 mg

Iron
(70%)

9.09 mg

Magnesium
(90%)

320 mg

Manganese
(950%)

19.956 mg

Phosphorus
(164%)

1146 mg

Potassium
(20%)

947 mg

Zinc
(175%)

16.67 mg

  • Units
  • µg = micrograms • mg = milligrams
  • IU = International units
Percentages are roughly approximated using US recommendations for adults.
Source: USDA Nutrient Database

 

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The growing awareness about the nutritional value of Wheat Germ has made it a popular product among all the health conscious people especially in the US but lately countries like India are also becoming aware of this natural super food. No wonder, it is being suggested by doctors, nutritionists and health fitness coaches as a healthy addition to a busy life.  Lets discuss about the nutritional value and benefits of Wheat Germ.

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Vitamin E

One of the main reason why I personally started eating Wheat Germ is the presence of Vitamin E. It is one of the richest source of Vitamin E on Earth. Vitamin E is known to be a natural anti-aging agent and just two tablespoons of Wheat Germ provides about 15% of  recommended daily intake of Vitamin E. By including a few more Vitamin E rich food in the diet one could completely avoid all these anti-aging creams and enjoy a glowing skin. It is also listed as the first product in Dr. Batra’s list of items to be consumed for people having skin issues.

Apart from skin, Vitamin E is also good for heart. It is also an anti oxidant helps preventing blood clots and is needed to strengthen the body’s immune system.

Folic Acid

There is one more reason I’m a big fan of Wheat Germ is the presence of Folic Acid. 2 tbsp of Wheat Germ fulfills 10% of your daily Folic Acid requirement. Its a must have for all the pregnant women. Presence of Folic Acid in the diet aids immensely in the development of healthy new cells, prevent birth defects of the baby’s brain and spinal cord.

Vitamin B

Wheat Germ is a rich source of Vitamins like B like Vitamins B1 (thiamine), B3 (niacin), B5 (pantothenic acid), B6 (pyridoxine). Vitmain B is important to maintain energy levels and maintain healthy muscles, organs, hair and skin.

Octacosanol

Wheat Germ is also a bountiful source of Octacosanol which is long-chain waxy alcohols. Octacosanol is used to improve exercise performance including strength & stamina and helps to enhance the body reflexes and improves alertness and overall oxygen utilization by the body. This is the reason why many body building health supplements contain this ingredient.

Minerals

Wheat Germ also contains important minerals like Zinc and Selenium which are essential to fight male infertility which is sadly increasing very rapidly due to recent lifestyle changes. Zinc and Selenium together improves the grade 1 sperms in male thus improving the chances of pregnancy. They also aid growth and sexual maturation and keep skin healthy. It also promote resistance to disease.

Wheat germ is also a source of Iron, Magnesium, Manganese, Phosphorus, and disease-fighting Omega-3 and Omega-6 fatty acids.
 
Phytosterols
 
Wheat germ contains phytosterols, a compound with similar structure of cholesterol that prevents the production and absorption of bad cholesterol in the food by the body and thereby checking the risk of heart disease. It is a sodium and cholesterol free food.
 
Dietary Fiber
 
It is a great source of natural fiber, which is very essential to maintain regular bowel functioning. It also helps to relieve constipation. But over eating could lead to dysentery as well.
 
According to the study by Livestrong,  one-ounce serving of raw wheat germ provides about 101 calories, 6 grams of protein, 3 grams of fat and 4 grams of fiber. After wheat bran, Wheat Germ has the maximum amount of fiber in wheat kernel. And so is protein which helps  repair and replace the cells of the body.
 
Wheat Germ is very small in size and consist of only 3% of entire wheat kernel yet it is a powerhouse of nutrients.
 
So high in nutrients yet it is removed from the wheat flour during milling to increase the shelf life of wheat flour.
 
But now with the availability of Harmony Wheat Germ one can easily incorporate it in the diet to take full advantage of its nutrients.

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Wheat Germ in India

Wheat Germ is a health product and not a taste enhancer. It blends quickly in whichever food added and it’s taste is inconsequential. Wheat Germ might not add any taste to the food but it definitely adds a lot of nutrient in our diet which somehow fails to reach us due to unawareness. So it is up to the creativity of the person, how smartly one can add Wheat Germ in their diet.

Harmony Toasted Wheat Germ can be taken alone, if you like the nutty and delicate flavor of the wheat germ. 2 tbsp of Wheat Germ adds 23 vital nutrients like Vitamin E and B,  iron, potassium, magnesium, zinc, selenium, omega-6 fatty acids and omega-3 fatty acids, dietary fiber, protein, folic acid etc into our diet.

how to eat wheat germA very simple  and nutritious way to eat wheat germ is to add it while kneading the dough. Add 2tbsp of Wheat Germ for each member of the family in the flour.  Start making roti within 10 mins of kneading. Caution: Keeping the wheat germ added dough for too long will moisten it and roti will not be turn out to be good. (This I am telling from my personal experience.)

 

 

 

Another way to eat raw wheat germ is to sprinkle it on fruits you love to it. The wheat germ will melt instantly. It will become invisible and undetectable but don’t worry the nutrient value will remain intact. These two are the easiest way to eat wheat germ in your daily day to day life. There are other ways as well.

Stir it into your oatmeal. You can also add a tbsp. to your morning oatmeal. I was talking to this person who adds approx 1tsp of wheat germ in the lukewarm milk and drink it just like we add corn flakes. There are endless ways in which Wheat Germ could be used.

how to eat wheat germUse wheat germ instead of granola on your yogurt or cereal. Wheat germ has a slightly nutty flavor and makes a great substitute for granola on foods like yogurt or cereal.

Add wheat germ to your smoothies. Adding a few spoonfuls to your smoothies is an easy way to bump up the nutrition in them and get some wheat germ benefits. You can also add some to milkshakes and protein shakes. Just add it in before blending.

Mix some into dessert toppings. When making desserts like fruit crumble and apple pies, mix some wheat germ into the topping before putting it on.

You can substitute wheat germ for a part of wheat flour while making cookies, pie cakes. If the the recipes asks to add 1 cup wheat flour, then use 3/4 cup wheat flour and 1/3 cup of Wheat Germ.

Wheat is the staple food for North Indians and there are many homes where rotis are made both in lunch and dinner. For such families eating Wheat Germ is a must to intake whole grain instead of refined grain.

 

 

 

 


Wheat germ internal

Wheat Germ Anatomy

 

There are mainly two difference between raw and toasted wheat germ. 

Fat content in the raw wheat germ is high. Around 100 gms of Raw Wheat Germ has about 10.7 gms of fat which includes saturated, mono-saturated and poly-saturated fatty acids. It also includes essential fatty acids like omega-6 and omega-9. Due to the presence of essential fatty acid and other types of fat Wheat Germ cannot survive outside the protection of wheat coat for a long time.

In order to increase the shelf life of Wheat Germ it is toasted. Some commercial wheat germ are completely defatted in order to increase its shelf life for one year. But in the process of completely defatting the wheat germ, Vitamin E is also completely lost. This is so because, Vitamin E is a fat soluble Vitamin. So if toasted Wheat Germ has zero fat, it also means zero Vitamin E. 100 gms Wheat Germ contains 15.99 mg of Vitamin E.

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Harmony Wheat Germ is a slightly toasted wheat germ. Only 10 percent of the fat is removed from the Wheat Germ which increases its shelf life up to 3 months. Thus retains Vitamin E and all the essential fatty acid with minimal loss.

 

 

 

But people still prefer to eat  toasted wheat germ due to its nutty flavor. But apart from the flavor, doctors also advices to eat toasted Wheat Germ, as little bit of toasting makes the protein  easily digestible by the body than compared to raw Wheat Germ.

Raw Wheat Germ is sometimes also refered as crude wheat germ and toasted wheat germ is also known as roasted wheat germ.

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Wheat contains gluten. Many people are allergic to gluten. Such people have to avoid wheat and wheat products all through their life. Wheat germ and wheat germ oil should be avoided by them.

The immune system uses antibodies to fight off harmful substances, such as viruses and bacteria. During a wheat germ allergic reaction, the immune system mistakes the proteins found in the germs as harmful, and attacks them. The release of IgE antibodies leads to the production of histamine in different parts of the body. Histamine is the hormone that causes tissue irritation and inflammation, commonly in the sinuses, eyes, throat or lungs.

Store wheat germ oil in the refrigerator to prolong its shelf life. Wheat germ oil is susceptible to quick degradation if you expose it to extreme light variations and to extreme temperature fluctuations. Consult a qualified health care professional before using wheat germ oil in aromatherapy practice.

Do not use wheat germ oil when cooking. Wheat germ reacts very poorly to heat and high temperatures and becomes unhealthy for eating. Even when oil is prepared from wheat germ or when it is toasted, drum dyers and cold pressed method is used.

Typically the allergy is limited to the seed storage proteins of wheat, some reactions are restricted to wheat proteins, while others can react across many varieties of seeds and other plant tissues.

Effects

The effects of a wheat germ allergy are skin reactions, sinus complications, digestive trouble and anaphylactic shock, according to the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America. Common skin reactions include hives and eczema flare-ups. Hives are spontaneous welts that appear and disappear for no reason. They are elevated and itchy. Eczema appears in patches, typically behind the arms and legs and can become inflamed and infected if scratched. Other effects are a runny nose, nasal congestion, sneezing, watery eyes, vomiting, cramping and diarrhea.

Treatment

A wheat germ allergy may produce mild to severe reactions. In mild cases, over-the-counter antihistamines may be an effective way to treat the symptoms, according to MayoClinic.com. Some antihistamines may cause severe drowsiness and should be taken with caution. If hives or eczema are part of the reaction, use topical antihistamines or hydrocortisone to alleviate the itching and inflammation.

 


Fibre content in WG

Fibre content in Wheat Germ

Wheat germ offers you a concentrated source of fiber and other essential nutrients. Because wheat germ provides a high amount of fiber relative to its volume, you can eat small amounts of these tiny, nutrient-rich flakes without increasing the volume of your meals.

Sprinkling three tablespoons of crunchy toasted wheat germ into baked recipes, soft foods or smoothies can boost your digestive health and may lower your cholesterol levels, according to the American Heart Association (AHA)

Fiber Content

Three tbsp. of wheat germ contain 3.9 grams of total fiber, according to Harvard University’s Health Services (HUHS). Of this amount, 3.2 grams are insoluble fiber, commonly called “roughage,” and 0.7 grams are soluble fiber.

HUHS recommends that you include at least six to eight grams of total fiber in each meal and three to four grams of fiber in each snack — aiming for a total of 25 to 35 grams of fiber daily — to receive the health benefits of this nutrient.

Fibre content in WG

Fibre content in Wheat Germ

If you’re beginning to add more fiber to your diet, increase your intake gradually over a period of two to three months to allow your digestive system to adjust to the increased bulk, according to HUHS. Drink water and other fluids throughout the day to keep your stools soft and to prevent constipation.

Health Benefits

Wheat germ offers a wealth of nutritional benefits in a concentrated form. Insoluble fiber is an indigestible form of plant material that corrects constipation by helping digestive wastes pass more easily through your digestive tract.

Soluble fiber becomes gelatinous during digestion and may help you manage your blood sugar and cholesterol levels, HUHS notes. HUHS advises that you eat a wide variety of vegetables, fruits, grains, beans and other high-fiber foods to benefit from both types of fiber. Dietary fiber may improve your cardiovascular health by lowering your cholesterol, according to the AHA.

Along with fiber, wheat germ offers B-complex vitamins, which support blood production, heart and nerve function and glucose metabolism. The iron, magnesium and selenium in wheat germ help your body to use oxygen. They support bone formation, muscle function and help to boost your immunity.

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Fibre content in WG

Fibre content in Wheat Germ

Adding wheat germ to yogurt, shakes, dry or hot cereal, pancakes or muffins increases your fiber intake without adding a large amount of volume to your meals and snacks. People who have a decreased appetite, swallowing difficulties or gastrointestinal disorders may find it easier to consume fiber in small quantities, rather than eating large servings of raw vegetables, fruits or beans.

 

 

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Wheat Germ Oil is extracted from raw wheat germ. Like flakes, Wheat Germ Oil is also the treasure house of nutrients. Wheat Germ Oil is easily available in Ayurvedic shops. It need to be stored in a cool place and has to be used in the time period otherwise it will become rancid.

If you search online you can look for Soulflower wheat germ oil available at Flipkart. It is made through coldpress process and is beneficial on Minor Burns, Reducing Scarring, Irritated Skin, Cracked and Ageing Skin, Cures Psoriasis and Eczema, Improving Blood Circulation, Repairing Torn and Ragged Cuticles. Wheat Germ and wheat germ oil could be a little expensive but benefits of wheat germ oil cannot be overlooked.

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where to find wheat germ oilJust like raw wheat germ or toasted wheat germ, oil extracted from wheat germ is also rich in nutrients and used world wide as skin care product. The oil is extracted from cold press method from the embryo of the wheat kernel popularly known as wheat germ. A ton of wheat germ is required to produce one bottle of wheat germ oil. Wheat germ oil is deep amber in color and has a very nutty strong smell.

Like raw Wheat  germ, even wheat germ oil is also a very rich source of Vitamin E. More than in any vegetable oil. Around Vitamin E – 41.8mg – 209% RDA in 25v gms of wheat germ.

Vitamin E is considered to be a boon for the skin and is very commonly used in skincare products. Wheat germ oil rich in Vitamin E helps in repairing damage from sunburn, burns; can reduce wrinkles and stretch marks; and can minimize scarring. The skin absorbs Vitamin E from the oil instantly and results will be apparent in few days.

The wheat germ oil has a very strong smell but we know it shows results then why to worry about smell. The rich vitamin E content in the oil helps eliminate the signs of aging, by strengthening the skin’s connective tissues.

The scientific name of wheat germ is “triticum vulgare” which is used on many skincare products. So don’t be confused if you find triticum vulgare written instead of wheat germ.

Wheat Germ oil also contains a very complex compound called Octacosanol. It is a rarely found compound in diet. Often prescribed by doctors in treatment of diseases like herpes and Parkinson’s disease. Research is still going on but the results of the experiment till now carried out shows that presence of Octacosanol in diet could help to cure these diseases.

Apart from it, Octacosanol is also recommended for athletes. It helps in improving strength, stamina and reaction time by increasing the flow of oxygen in blood. It is also investigated that wheat germ oil rich in Octacosanol also helps in treating acne, eczema and psoriasis and controlling cholesterol. These benefits of wheat germ oil due to presence of Octacosanol is still under research.

Other than Vitamin E, Wheat germ also provide your body with Vitamin A, D, and many B-complex vitamins. The minerals in wheat germ oil include iron and phosphorus. The oil is also an excellent source of fatty acids, including both linoleic and alpha-linolenic acids, which are essential fatty acids like Omega-3 fatty acid, Omega-6 fatty acids because the body needs them to function properly but cannot produce them on its own.

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