Wheat germ oil
Wheat germ oil is extracted from the germ of the wheat kernel, which makes up only 2.5% by weight of the kernel. Wheat germ oil is particularly high in octacosanol - a long-chain saturated primary alcohol also found in a number of different vegetable waxes.
As a cooking oil, wheat germ oil is strongly flavoured, expensive and easily perishable. Wheat germ oil contains the following fatty acids:
- Linoleic acid (omega-6) 55g per 100g
- Palmitic acid 16g per 100g
- Oleic acid 14g per 100g
- Linolenic acid (omega-3) 7g per 100g
Wheat germ oil is also used as a cosmetic carrier oil, as a base oil in aromatherapy and as a massage oil.