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The Health Benefits Of Cooking With Unground Wheat Berries

November 23, 2014: 12:00 AM EST
A Mayo Clinic dietitian describes the health benefits of cooking with wheat berries, the mostly unprocessed kernels of wheat that contain the germ, endosperm and bran, but not the hull. Ground wheat berries are used to make whole wheat flour, but even before grinding, the berries can be used to make soups, stews, salads, bread, stuffing and other foods. A half cup of cooked wheat berries has 150 calories, four grams of fiber, plus magnesium, selenium, manganese, phosphorus and lignans, thought to protect against breast and prostate cancer. Several wheat berry recipes are offered along with tips for preparation and storage.
Susan Leifer, "Wheat berries boost whole grain intake", La Crosse Tribune, November 23, 2014, © La Crosse Tribune
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