What part of the wheat kernel is the wheat germ?
This is the smallest part of the wheat kernel, but contains most of the nutrients. It is the tiny dormant seedling inside the grain, which would grow into a wheat plant if the wheat berry was planted.
Is this wheat germ toasted?
This product is raw, not toasted.
Is the wheat germ heat-treated?
How do you separate the wheat germ from the rest of the grain?
After the germ and bran are separated from the wheat, it goes through an air classification. Simply, the bran and germ are separated then by weight and density.
Can I eat this product without cooking – add to juice, salads, etc?
No, the package states this item is not ready to eat and must be thoroughly cooked.
This is the same quality ingredient we have always offered our customers. We are now required to put this statement on our package according to new regulations, because this product is not heat treated or processed.
Our customer's safety is paramount, and we have an excellent food safety record. We have even added microbiological monitoring program for over 500 sites throughout our plant to test for harmful microbes and we have never found any evidence.
We must add this info on package because this product is made from a raw agricultural ingredient, and it does not undergo any heating or “kill-step” to eliminate microbes from the time it is harvested to the milling to packaging it for you. We do everything in our power to create a safe product for our customers, and the risk of foodborne illness is very small, but it does exist. It is safest to cook before eating.
What happens if I do not refrigerate it?
The natural oils in wheat germ are best kept cool or cold. Rancidity is a possibility if it is not stored properly.
How can I add wheat germ to my diet?
Wheat germ can be added to hot cereal, casseroles. It can be added to baked goods but moisture may need to be adjusted.
Will this affect any medication I am taking?
We do not offer medical advice. Please check with your health professional.
Why is my product jumping around in the pouch?
This is caused by static electricity between the bag material and the product. It is harmless.