To incorporate superfoods into your diet, you don’t need to resort to exotic foods. Wheat germs are true nutrient bombs and are auxiliary for the production of flour. Read here what exactly it contains and what cheap sprouts are for.
Versatile and healthy: wheat germ
Wheat germ is the part of the wheat kernel from which a new plant can grow. When the grain is turned into flour, it is taken out and hopefully not thrown away: because the nutrient content is impressive! Wheat germ is one of the best foods that contains vitamin B1 and also contains the other B vitamins. For example, anyone who wants to ensure a good supply of vitamin B9 is well served: wheat germ is on the list of foods with folic acid. The tiny creatures also provide vitamins E and K, as well as potassium, magnesium, phosphorous, iron, zinc, copper, and manganese. Wheat germ also contains spermidine: this is an endogenous substance that is said to have a fountain of youth effect. This has not been proven and you should be skeptical of the advertising promises for wheat germ extract and other “miracle cures”.
Include wheat germ in your diet
If you want to eat more wheat germ, there are many ways to include it in your diet. The only thing to keep in mind is that wheat germ is not gluten free. Therefore, they are not suitable for celiac or allergic people. The easiest way is to sprinkle the sprouts on your muesli, porridge, yogurt and cottage cheese dishes, fruit salads or in your morning smoothie. You can also add them to soups, stews or sauces, use them as a garnish in salads or as an ingredient in pastries. Our Indian flatbread chapati, for example, is one of the recipes where wheat germ fits as an ingredient. However, excessive heating causes a loss of nutrients: if you want to benefit from the full power of vitamins, minerals and unsaturated fatty acids, it is better to eat wheat germ cold or slightly warm.
Make your own wheat germ and store it properly
Instead of buying them ready made, you can make your own wheat germ. For this you need a germination cup or a plastic germination box. Germinating cereal grains can germinate in a few days with a constant supply of moisture. Store fresh, raw wheat germ in the refrigerator and use it quickly, as it easily goes rancid. Raw commercial products can sometimes be kept for several weeks; pay attention to the expiration date indicated on the packaging.