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The Most Common Nutrition Mistakes

These common nutrition mistakes can lead anyone astray. Learn how to avoid them for better health.

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Nutrition Mistake: You Think Wheat Germ is a Whole Grain
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18. You sprinkle wheat germ on yogurt or muffins for crunchy, whole-grain goodness.

Result: A good nutrient boost, but not quite a whole-grain boost

A whole grain is a seed with three parts: bran, endosperm, and germ. Wheat germ is only one component of a whole grain. Most of the fiber is in the bran, and the protein is in the endosperm. Wheat germ delivers a concentrated wallop of folate and vitamin E but doesn’t count as a whole grain. 

What to do: Enjoy your germ, but not at the expense of other whole-grain choices.

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