Cracked wheat is made by crushing/cracking whole raw wheat kernels (also called berries) into smaller pieces. Bulgur is cracked wheat that has been partially cooked. Cracked wheat has all the benefits of wheat flour, and since it contains outer portion of the wheat (called the bran and germ), it provides some additional benefits.
Fiber, Iron, Protein and Fat
Cracked wheat is an excellent source of dietary fiber. It contains about 5 g of fiber per 1/4 cup, which is 20 percent of the DV.
One-quarter cup of cracked wheat provides 8 percent of the Daily Value of Iron and 10 percent of the Daily Value of protein.
Cracked wheat fits well in a low-fat diet. One-quarter cup contains just 1 percent of the Daily Value of total fat. It has no saturated fat, trans fat or cholesterol.
It is great for reducing gas, easing constipation and maintaining digestive system. It may help to prevent hemorrhoids and colon cancer.
It is also known to prevent cancer, heart disease, diabetes and obesity. It can also lower the incidence of gum disease, tooth loss, asthma and inflammatory disease.
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