Wheat germ oil

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Wheat germ oil is extracted from the germ of the wheat kernel, which makes up only 2½% by weight of the kernel. Wheat germ oil is particularly high in octacosanol - a 28 carbon long-chain saturated primary alcohol found in a number of different vegetable waxes. Octacosanol has been studied as an exercise and physical performance enhancing agent.[1] As a cooking oil, wheat germ oil is strongly flavored, expensive and easily perishable.[2] Wheat germ oil contains the following fatty acids:[3]

Component Amount
Linoleic acid (omega-6) 55%
Palmitic acid 16%
Oleic acid 14%
Linolenic acid (omega-3) 7%


  1. "Wheat Germ Oil (Octacosanol)".
  2. "Kitchen Dictionary: Wheat germ".
  3. "Nutritional Summary for Oil, wheat germ".


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