A growing number of the population can no longer eat gluten, which is a primary component in grains like wheat. This gluten intolerance can often be caused by disease, like Celiac’s disease. Eating gluten can be painful and harmful to the digestive tract, and even fatal in some extreme conditions. Despite the other nutritional benefits of wheat germ, if you are required to maintain a “gluten-free” diet, do not consume wheat germ or wheat germ extract.
Besides being nutrient-rich, wheat germ is also very high in calories. The positive benefits of wheat germ can be cancelled out if the intake of other daily calories is not monitored, because weight gain and subsequent health issues can occur regardless of how healthy the food was that contributed to your high caloric intake.