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Q:

Can I eat wheat germ? I have type 2 diabetes.

Amy Campbell

A:

The short answer is yes! Wheat germ is the center part of the wheat kernel that contains most of the wheat’s nutrients, including healthy fat, vitamins and minerals. Wheat germ is also a good source of protein and fiber. One tablespoon of wheat germ contains 26 calories, 4 grams of carbohydrate, 1 gram of fiber, 2 grams of protein and 1 gram of fat. You can add it to cold or hot cereals, pancake batter, yogurt, smoothies or cottage cheese. If you bake your own bread, replace ½ cup of the flour with ½ cup of wheat germ to give it a nutrition boost. If you use more than one tablespoon on or in your foods, make sure to count the carbohydrate, because it can add up. As wheat germ contains fat, it can go rancid fairly quickly. Check the expiration date before you buy it and buy only the amount that you’ll use before it expires. Keep wheat germ in an air-tight container in a cool, dry place or in the refrigerator.

April 20, 2013 at 5:28 pm