Wheat Germ

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Wheat Germ
The flaky center of wheat kernels.

Perks
This classic health food deserves its reputation: Wheat germ is packed with 23 nutrients, including many essential minerals and more antiaging tocopherols (a type of E vitamin) than any other plant. Two tablespoons supply about 12 percent of your daily value of folate, the B vitamin believed to protect against colon cancer, stroke, cardiovascular disease, and dementia.

Prep
Sprinkle it on cereal, or use Boyle's recipe for a zesty chicken salad dressing: 1 Tbsp. wheat germ, 1 Tbsp. curry powder, 1 tsp. cumin, 1 tsp. mustard powder, and 1 cup nonfat Greek yogurt.



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