These days, more foods are made with wheat than
with any other cereal grain. It's the hearty
flavor and heart-healthy benefits that keep
us coming back for more. Wheat can help improve
cholesterol levels and lower the risk of heart
disease and cancer. It may even ward off depression
with its mother lode of B vitamins.
Wheat packs beauty benefits, too. Hydrolyzed
wheat protein is an excellent conditioning agent
that helps keep skin smooth. Wheat germ oil
provides minerals and is super-rich in antioxidant
vitamins A and E, nutrients our skin craves
as we get older.
Another age-induced craving? Ceramides, those
protective lipids that attract and retain moisture
in skin. We're born with a healthy supply, but
as the years pass, that supply wanes, rendering
our skin a little drier and a little less elastic.