Wheat Germ Is Making A Comeback! - The Importance of Protein

Muscles need protein for good health and inadequate good quality protein intake results in loss of lean muscle mass (the important tissue that raises your metabolism naturally)! One way to get strong and improve your quality of life is to choose high quality protein foods.

Protein is comprised of Amino Acids

You body can make ‘nonessential’ amino acids from food but essential amino acids must come from your diet.  A complete protein contains adequate amounts of all essential amino acids.  Protein supplements are split into two categories; animal based (e.g. whey casein, beef) and vegan (e.g. rice, soy, pea).  Choosing the right protein can be challenging because of the additives (both functional and filler), which often reduce health, benefits or make them excessively sweet.  There are two reasons for additives; most proteins are expensive so additives decrease costs and most proteins (animal or vegan) taste unpleasant.

Vegan Plant Protein; Wheat Germ
A recognized vegan protein making a comeback and gaining in popularity again is wheat germ.  Wheat germ is packed with multiple nutrients. A single ounce provides over 20% of your daily value of folate, thiamine, vitamin E, selenium, manganese, zinc, and phosphorus.  In addition to being a good source of fiber and complete protein, wheat germ is derived from whole food, thus no need for mechanical or chemical extraction. 

With a slightly nutty taste, wheat germ protein does not need added flavours, sweeteners or additives, is low in calories and very versatile.  You can sprinkle it over oatmeal, cereal, fruit, salad, yogurt, use it in cooking and baking, or easily add it to your smoothies.  An added bonus; wheat germ protein has next to no fat, contains no cholesterol, or sodium and is easy to digest.

Source Claude Gallant, PhD Microbiology

Susan Arruda