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Health Benefits of Wheat Berries

on November 16, 2012

With all of the new grains coming onto the market, keeping track of them all can be a bit overwhelming.  One of my personal favorites would be wheat berries because they are extremely versatile!  You can cook a large batch of them and use them for breakfast, lunch, and dinner for the entire week!

Wheat berries are whole, unprocessed wheat kernels that contain all three parts of the grain, including the germ, bran and starchy endosperm. Only the hull, the inedible outer layer of the grain, has been removed. As a result, wheat berries retain all of the grain’s vitamins, minerals and phytochemicals. All wheat products are made from wheat berries, including white and whole-wheat flour.

Whole grains, including wheat berries, have a variety of health benefits.  Consuming whole grains can help lower the risk of heart disease, type 2 diabetes, and certain types of cancer. Substituting whole grains for their refined counterparts can help with weight control.

Wheat berries high in fiber, low in calories and packed with vitamins and minerals. A half-cup serving of cooked wheat berries is a great source of manganese, selenium, phosphorus and magnesium. Wheat berries also contain lignans, phytochemicals thought to guard against breast and prostate cancers.  It is important to note that wheat berries contain gluten, so they’re not suitable for people with celiac disease.

The one downfall of wheat berries, is that they can take anywhere from 45 minutes to over an hour to cook, but they are well worth the wait.  I will usually make a batch of them over the weekend when I am at home doing other things so that it does not seem so time consuming.  Since they are gaining popularity, you can find them in most specialty stores and online!

Easy Ways To Add Wheat Berries To Your Meals

– Replace croutons with wheat berries in your salads to still get that unique texture but added fiber as well!

– Top off your favorite yogurt with fresh berries and wheat berries for a new twist on a parfait.

– Throw wheat berries in your next stir fry in place of rice or quinoa.

– Add to your favorite soup for extra bulk and fiber!!

Source:

http://www.lesliebeck.com

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