Although wheat germ might not have the most appealing name, don't write off this healthy grain. Its benefits include significant levels of fiber and protein. You can find wheat germ in some baked goods and you can include it separately when you make bread, to sprinkle on your breakfast yogurt or toss in some wheat germ when making a smoothie.
A Dose of Insoluble Fiber
A 1/4-cup serving of crude wheat germ contains 3.7 grams of total dietary fiber. The same quantity of wheat germ has 6.5 grams of protein. Adult women should consume up to 25 grams of fiber per day, while adult men should get up to 38 grams per day. More than 80 percent of the total fiber in wheat germ is insoluble, notes Harvard University Health Services. Insoluble fiber helps digested food pass quickly through your system.
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- USDA National Nutrient Database for Standard Reference: Wheat Germ, Crude
- Center for Nutrition Policy and Promotion: Dietary Guidelines for Americans 2010
- Harvard University Health Services: Fiber Content of Foods in Common Portions
- MedlinePlus: Soluble vs. Insoluble Fiber