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Saturday, August 16, 2014

Health Benefits of Wheat Germ

I normally do not accept to write reviews, but when  Harmony Foods Pvt Ltd contacted me for a review on Wheat germ, I immediately agreed. The reason is that I am always on a search for nutrient rich food and love to include it in my diet. Moreover I wanted to introduce this super food (wheat germ) to all the readers. I have written several times that this blog was started not to just share recipes but also to create an awareness on health. Today we will see what is wheat germ, its health benefits and ways to include it in our diet.

Toasted Wheat Germ

What is 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. It is know as गेहूँ का अंकुर in Hindi.

Health/Nutritional Benefits 

This super food is packed with good nutrients. It is loaded with antioxidants, essential fatty acids and important B vitamins-such as folate, thiamin, and vitamin B6 and the minerals zinc, magnesium, and manganese.Vitamin B plays a great role in keeping our hair and skin glowing and healthy.

Wheat germ is a good source of omega-3 fatty acids. Omega-3 fatty acids can help lower cholesterol, lower inflammation, and support a healthy nervous system, which can lower anxiety levels and improve mood.

It is one of the richest source of Vitamin E. 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. Vitamin E also strengthen the body’s immune system.

Wheat germ has a very high protein content and is also a good source fiber. Moreover it is great for vegetarians and vegans looking for ways to add protein to their diet.

It is a a rich source of folic acid which helps in the development of healthy new cells, prevent birth defects of the baby’s brain and spinal cord.

Wheat germ contains lots of fiber. Adding wheat germ boosts nutrients and keeps you satisfied longer thereby helps in weight loss.  Just a couple of tablespoons can do wonders to your waistline. As it is a good source of dietary fiber, it also helps to relieve constipation.

Ways to include wheat germ in your diet

Wheat germ can be a healthy addition to a diet. Incorporating wheat germ in our daily meal is not difficult as it easily blends with whichever food it is added without compromising on the taste. Two tablespoons of Wheat germ can be included in any dish. Find below some easy ways to add nutrients to the food with wheat germ.

Harmony Toasted wheat germ can also be taken alone because of the crunchy and nutty flavor.

Wheat germ can be added to pancake batter, dosa batter, waffles and omelets.

Mix some wheat germ into dessert toppings. (eg -fruit crumble, apple pies)

You can add wheat germ to yogurt, cereals, raitas etc. The texture of wheat germ can add crunchiness and taste to these foods.

You can add wheat germ while making chapati dough (2 tbsp per person) but do not allow the dough to rest for more than 10 minutes as you will have difficulty in rolling out the rotis. I made rotis adding wheat germ, they were soft as usual but with the added nutritional benefits of wheat germ.

You can add wheat germ to your smoothies and milkshakes.

Sprinkle wheat germ to your fruit or vegetable salad.

You can add wheat germ to your soups. It also helps in thickening the soup.

Breakfast porridge
Stir in to your morning breakfast porridge

pumpkin curry with wheat germ
Add wheat germ to any stir fry or curry
Where can you buy wheat germ?

It is not generally available in stores as it is a highly perishable product. Then how to buy it ? You can order Wheat Germ directly from manufacturers like Harmony Foods Pvt. Ltd. (an ISO 22000 company) as they deliver fresh wheat germ. You can also order Harmony toasted wheat germ on Ebay. 500 grams of Harmony toasted wheat germ cost only Rs 200/-(including delivery charges). Moreover it is all natural, free of preservative and chemical additives.

This is not a paid review.

Source - www.doctoroz.com, wheatgerm.in

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  1. Very nice of you paddu....thank you for information..I will also add to our diet...looking forward for more

  2. hi padhu
    this is a bangalorean tamilian fan of yours...i mean ur recipes n posts
    thanks for this useful post
    u knw i have never commented anywer for recipes whatsoever.
    but urs..
    whenever i need a recipe i google "___ padhuskitchen"
    n go to others only if u don have it..
    u give a detailed recipe with lot of tips...which is splly useful for beginners.
    though not a beginner..i find shortcuts in my recipes n spoil them..but sometimes the shortcuts doesnt alter the taste...
    well ...that being said...thanks again for ur recipes n keep the good work up..

  3. Thanks padhu for throwing light on such a wonderful nutritious product.

    Love your site not only for your recipes but also for the awareness in health you create. Have started using many good veggies after I came across your site. :-)

  4. nutritious wheat germ and an informative post. Nice idea of adding it to stir fry..

  5. It is just 25 rs for 1 kg...available near to you in any mills...where they grind aaata ,maavu....


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