The Hidden Benefits of Wheat Germ

wheat germ jar

Groceries started off as my biggest savings obstacle and continue to be so. In the winter I was doing really good eating my way through the cabinets. Like the roach I am. So, when we moved across town in mid-April I had eaten just about all of my canned soup and had only a couple boxes of miscellaneous rice and falafel and hummus mixes left. It seems old habits die hard. I glanced in the cupboards the other day only to notice that my subconscious “Emergency-bomb-shelter-canned-and-boxed-food-kit” have suddenly started to breed while left unattended… despite my stern warning that they stay put and keep their hands to themselves.

I even realized that I had a jar of Wheat Germ that somehow became 1 year old! erm.. Happy B-day.

That Wheat Germ (short for germination) was bought with the best of intentions and there it sat for a year (maybe more) un-opened and heavily refrigerated. I dumped some on my salad in a effort to justify the Wheat germy purchase. Who doesn’t like an “Excellent Source Of Vitamin E & Folic Acid”? I can assure you, I do. For those of you who haven’t heard of Wheat Germ it’s kind of like the tofu of the wheat sprinkle world. It doesn’t really taste like anything. It was a hit in the 70s and it’s rumored that it makes skin look like glow-y. Who knows. Oh, also, another fun fact- it can go rancid so smell it and if stinks don’t use it. d’oh.

So you ask:

1) why the apricot photos?

2)Why the “Ripe” post title?

3)Why the Wheat Germ talk?

Your not thought out answers:

1) I’ve recently acquired a ton of apricots from my buds apricot tree. Truly, too many to actually eat before they go bad. This is a great way to cut down on fruit costs. Even though fruit is cheaper this time of year than any other. But why spend when you can save? Yeah. Exactly.

2) Cause I couldn’t think of anything else.

3) Wheat Germ! Such a strange name. Plus, I’m eating some right now as I write this post. It is on my salad and a friend saw it and wondered what in the world it was. So there you have it a little Wheat Germ tribute salute. To the one I faux-love.

Below is a bit more info about wheat germ:

Nutrients in Wheat Germ

Wheat germ contains many essential nutrients and is a good source of:

  • B vitamins such as folate, niacin, thiamin, and vitamin B6
  • Calcium
  • Complex carbs
  • Fiber
  • Iron
  • Magnesium
  • Manganese
  • Omega-3 fatty acids
  • Phosphorous
  • Potassium
  • Protein
  • Selenium
  • Vitamin E
  • Zinc

Health Benefits of Wheat Germ

Wheat germ contains phytosterols which have been shown to lower cholesterol and promote heart health. In addition, wheat germ contains high amounts of vitamin E, an antioxidant that helps protect the body from damaging free radicals. Wheat germ is also a good source of omega-3 fatty acids. Omega-3 fatty acids promote heart health by lowering cholesterol and blood pressure, are important for nervous system functioning, and help elevate mood. 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.

Yay for free fruit off of friends tree and using old stuff from your cabinets.