Germ

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The embryo of a seed or kernel of grain, located at the bottom center of the kernel. The germ is the oily part of a kernel or seed from which a new plant sprouts. It contains protein and fat and is loaded with vitamins and minerals, so it is highly nutritious. The germ is often eliminated (as is the outer protective layers known as the bran) during the production of many types of refined flours, such as those milled from wheat. This reduces the nutritional value of the flour, but increases the shelf life of the product due to the elimination of the fat (all within the germ), which hastens spoilage. (Whole-grain products deteriorate much more rapidly because of the presence of the fat in the germ.)

USDA Nutrition Facts

Serving Size1 cup
Calories360
Protein23g
Total Fat9g
Total Carbohydrates51g
Dietary Fiber13g
Potassium892mg
Sodium12mg
Cholesterol0mg
Serving Size1 oz
Calories261
Protein9g
Total Fat2g
Total Carbohydrates48g
Dietary Fiber2g
Sugars3g
Potassium254mg
Sodium553mg
Cholesterol0mg
Serving Size1 tablespoon
Calories884
Protein0g
Total Fat100g
Total Carbohydrates0g
Dietary Fiber0g
Sugars0g
Potassium0mg
Sodium0mg
Cholesterol0mg

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