Do you want to lose those extra pounds? Your goal should be to follow a healthy lifestyle habit, but to achieve it, you must include an important food, wheat germ that can help you lose weight in a month or less. Ideal to combine it with any food or drink, thanks to its content of linoleum acid, fiber and vitamin E.

Compared to oats, wheat germ contains twice the fiber. This will help you lose weight by moving matter over the digestive system. It is then that for every 100 grams it will only provide 320 calories. Enough caloric fiber to keep you satisfied during each meal.

Recent research found that wheat germ was also beneficial in patients with type 2 diabetes mellitus.

Wheat germ to lose weight in a month

Wheat germ has properties that provide energy to the body through the absorption of accumulated fat, assimilation of sugars and proteins thanks to its linoleic acid content. In addition, it will also be good for regulating blood sugar, counteracting anemia, rejuvenating the skin and reducing bad cholesterol.

The soluble fiber in this food attracts water to turn into a gel during the digestion process. In this way the digestive process slows down, which will consequently reduce cholesterol levels and allow the consumption of fewer calories. On the other hand, wheat germ will help to regenerate tissues, keep muscles in optimal condition and correct cardiovascular health.

How to consume wheat germ?

Soluble fiber will keep you satisfied until the next meal of the day, so it will help you lose weight. Thus, below we will leave you some recipes that will help you avoid starving through a drink or smoothie.

Wheat germ also contains a phytonutrient called L-ergothionein, which is a powerful antioxidant that is not destroyed by cooking. The fiber boost that you get from wheat germ is phenomenal.

1. Smooothie

For this recipe you will need two tablespoons of wheat germ, two tablespoons of honey, a red apple, and two pears. Before mixing add 100 milliliters of orange juice. When blending all the ingredients it should be drunk immediately for breakfast.

2. Cookies

Sweet can also be part of the diet. The fiber of the wheat germ will act on the absorption of fats, since it prevents and captures the metabolization. To prepare the cookies you need 60 grams of sugar, 125 grams of flour, 125 grams of soft butter, 35 grams of wheat bran, 1 egg and 1 teaspoon of baking powder. Like baking any type of cookie, the process will be the same, only adding the recommended amount of wheat bran.

3. Strawberry smoothie

To mobilize the deposited fatty acids, fiber is needed, in that part it will help us by reducing adipose tissue. For that, it will be ideal to have a strawberry smoothie, which will also be rich in antioxidants. Add ¾ cup of frozen strawberries, the same amount of skim milk and two tablespoons of wheat germ to the blender. Mix everything and drink it immediately after preparation.

Remember that fiber always provides satisfaction, because it increases its size within our stomach. This sends signals to our brain that we are full, thus reducing our appetite.

Are there any side effects?

People who are gluten intolerant or have a gluten allergy should avoid wheat germ supplements as it contains gluten.

People on a low-carb diet should be mindful of their serving of wheat germ, as one cup contains almost 60 grams of carbohydrates.

Wheat germ oil is  rich in triglycerides , a type of fat. People with heart disease, as well as people at high risk for heart disease, should monitor their intake, as high triglyceride levels are linked to adverse health effects.

Wheat germ extract can cause mild side effects in some people. These include diarrhea, nausea, gas, and dizziness.

It is recommended to speak with your trusted doctor about the benefits and risks of adding forms of wheat germ to your diet.

By Dr. Eric Jackson

Dr. Eric Jackson provides primary Internal Medicine care for men and women and treats patients with bone and mineral diseases, diabetes, heart conditions, and other chronic illnesses. He is a Washington University Bone Health Program physician and is a certified Bone Densitometrist. Dr. Avery is consistently recognized in "The Best Doctors in America" list.

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