Food Find: Wheat Bran
Most grains, like wheat and oats have a hard outer layer. When they are processed, this layer becomes bran. Wheat bran is packed with nutrition, and offers many dietary benefits.
Wheat bran is beneficial toward providing digestive regularity and putting a quick end to constipation because it is very high in dietary fiber. Because of the high content of fiber, wheat bran makes you feel full and satisfied.
One cup (58 g) of wheat bran offers significant nutritional benefits. One cup of wheat bran contains 99% of the US recommended daily allowance (RDA) of fiber, nine grams of protein, and 34% of the RDA for iron. Wheat bran is also high in protein, magnesium, manganese, niacin phosphorus, zinc and vitamin B-6 and is low in fat, with no cholesterol, and no sugar or sodium.
Typically you can find wheat bran in the bulk section of the grocery store of some stores have it packaged, as you see in the photo. It is a great addition to baked goods or smoothies, adding extra nutrition and fiber.
If you are not familiar with Wheat Bran and want to give it a try, it’s important to start slow, because of the high fiber content. Maybe start with sprinkling it over top your oatmeal or cereal and then you can have it on its own, in larger quantities. A little too much, too soon can cause GI issues– no fun!!
Wheat bran should be stored in the refrigerator, since it tends to go rancid quickly, unlike other flours.
Cook Wheat Bran just like you would oatmeal, adding a natural Sweetener, such as Stevia and Cinnamon. You can eat it by itself or add it to other cereals, yogurts, in baking, smoothies, salad dressings, sauces etc. It is a great addition to add that daily fiber and added vitamins and minerals! 🙂