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Wheat Germ
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Although diminutive in size, the lowly wheat germ is full of fiber and is one of the most nutrient-packed foods available.

“Wheat germ contains a gold mine of essential nutrients—it’s rich in phytochemicals, B vitamins, vitamin E, and trace minerals such as zinc and iron, as well as healthy unsaturated fats,” states Sari Greaves, R.D., dietitian at New York-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell’s Cardiac Health Center. She says it also contains phosphorus, magnesium, thiamine, coenzyme Q10, and paraaminobenzoic acid (PABA)—a growth factor of the vitamin B complex and used as a sunscreen.

Wheat germ can easily be mixed into casseroles, muffins, and pancakes, or sprinkled over cereals.

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Reprinted with permission from Vibrant Life, September/October 2008. Copyright © 2013 by GraceNotes. All rights reserved. Use of this material is subject to usage guidelines.

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