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Facts on the Health Benefits of Wheat Germ

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Facts on the Health Benefits of Wheat Germ
A close-up of wheat germ on a plate. Photo Credit belchonock/iStock/Getty Images

The three parts of a wheat kernel are the bran, germ and endosperm. The wheat bran is the fibrous outer layer, the germ is the center and is the main source of essential fats and vitamins in wheat. The middle layer, in between the bran and germ, is the endosperm. This starchy part is the bulk of wheat, and the only part of the wheat kernel used in white flour. While the endosperm provides carbohydrates, the wheat germ contains the majority of a wheat kernel's nutrition.

The three parts of a wheat kernel are the bran, germ and endosperm. The wheat bran is the fibrous outer layer, the germ is the center and is the main source of essential fats and vitamins in wheat. The middle layer, in between the bran and germ, is the endosperm. This starchy part is the bulk of wheat, and the only part of the wheat kernel used in white flour. While the endosperm provides carbohydrates, the wheat germ contains the majority of a wheat kernel's nutrition.

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