How to Use Wheat Germ Oil


Made from pressing wheat germ kernels, wheat germ oil is a rich source of several vitamins. It contains a good amount of vitamin E -- almost half of the recommended daily amount in one teaspoon -- which acts like a powerful antioxidant, and a small amount of vitamin K, a nutrient that aids in blood clotting. Available at health food stores and in the natural food section of many large supermarkets, wheat germ oil can be added to a variety of cold recipes to boost the nutritional value.

Step 1

Make salad dressing. Combine wheat germ oil with white or red wine vinegar in a bowl. Add your choice of dried herbs and spices, such as garlic powder, paprika, cayenne pepper, basil or thyme. Finely chop fresh herbs, such as dill or rosemary, as an alternative to dried herbs and spices. Whisk the combination briskly, and drizzle it over a tossed green salad.

Step 2

Drizzle wheat germ oil over cooked dishes, but do not heat wheat germ oil to high temperatures. Use it to boost the vitamin E and unsaturated fat content of already cooked meals. Drizzle the oil over cooked pasta dishes, such as spaghetti or fettuccine Alfredo, or over grilled vegetables, such as potatoes and squash. Add a bit of the oil to vegetable soup as another way to add the oil to your diet.

Step 3

Add a few drops of wheat germ oil to vegetable juice to boost the nutrition. Blend two or three drops into a fruit smoothie. You won't taste the oil, but it will add beneficial nutrients to your smoothie.

Step 4

Swap out vegetable oil or mayonnaise for wheat germ oil in cold recipes. Use wheat germ oil in a deviled egg recipe, or replace a tablespoon or so of mayonnaise with wheat germ oil when you're making tuna, chicken or egg salad.

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