The term “Germ” in wheat germ often gives an impression of a bacteria or something similar but here Germ stands for Germination. Wheat Germ is a very small part of the grain of wheat, approximately 2.5% of the grain weight. It is the most nutrient rich part of wheat.
Wheat Germ has two components
- Defatted Wheat Germ.
- Wheat Germ Oil.
Botanical name: Triticum Vulgare
Parts of the plant: Seeds
Appearance: Flake – Like Consistency and Light Tan in Colour
DEFATTED WHEAT GERM
Removing the oil from wheat germ, the most vitamin and mineral-rich part of the wheat kernel, creates Defatted Wheat Germ. Less perishable than whole wheat germ, it is often used to add flavor and nutrients to grain-based products, especially pasta. However, its toasty, nutty flavor is also a delicious addition to cereals, breads, muffins, cookies etc.
The oil free flakes or powder is rich in protein approximately 30% Soluble dietary fiber and 28% Protein. It has a longer self-life than the raw unprocessed wheat germ.
Defatted Wheat Germ Is A Rich Source Of:
- Vitamin B6
- Folic acid
- Complex carbs
- Dietary Fiber
- Omega 3 fatty acids
- Phosphorus and other essential nutrients.
30 grams of wheat germ contains 197 mg of phytosterols which helps in reducing Cholesterol, phytosterols are molecular compounds found only in plant material.
TEST REPORTS OF DEFATTED WHEAT GERM
A Natural Supplement
As with vitamin supplements, wheat germ can be used in the same way, but in a natural form. It can be added to foods like protein shakes, Cereals, Toast, Granola bars, Cookies, Biscuits, Baby food, etc. It can be added to any type of food to increase the Protein and dietary fiber content.
Wheat germ also has a phytosterol content which has been shown to lower cholesterol and promote a healthy heart. In addition, wheat germ is a good source of omega-3 fatty acids. Omega-3 fatty acids help to lower cholesterol and blood pressure as well as being important for nervous system functioning, and help elevate mood.
It improves the stability, texture, nutritional value, and flavour of processed foods and consumer goods of all kinds. it is high in protein and fiber and is virtually fat free. Defatted Wheat Germ has the nutty flavour and adds appealing texture to many crackers, cereals, cake/bread mixes, and snack foods. It can also be used in the manufacture of insect foods and as a tablet extender.
It is a Natural Fiber
Wheat germ is also a good source of fiber which has many benefits including improved bowel function and may reduce the risk of developing heart disease and diabetes and prevent weight gain.