Ingestion of wheat germ in healthy subjects does not acutely elevate plasma wheat germ agglutinin concentrations
Because the fiber content (15 g/day) of the typical U.S. diet is considerably lower than recommended values (25-30 g) the public is encouraged by USDA Dietary Guidelines to increase consumption of high fiber foods such as whole grains, fruits, and vegetables. Because whole grains are also a rich source of the lectin wheat germ agglutinin (WGA), those abiding by current recommendations would consequently increase their lectin intake. The WGA lectin has been poorly studied in humans, and it is unclear if it can breach the gut barrier, enter circulation, and influence physiology. Apart from animal ...
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