Barley+ is a delicious new range of whole grain of healthy muesli and muesli bars that contain a unique and superior whole grain called BARLEYmax™
BARLEYmax™ is a non-genetically engineered type of super whole grain currently grown in Australia, and contains more of the various different fiber types important for good gut function.
We can group fiber types into three families: 1) insoluble; 2) soluble; and 3) resistant starch, which demonstrates fiber-like properties. The latter two play particularly important roles as prebiotics and it is these that often fall seriously short in our diets, especially resistant starch. They are all important for a healthy gut.
Some soluble fibers and also resistant starch (which demonstrates fiber-like properties) feed healthy bacteria in the gut and allow the good bacteria to flourish. Soluble fibers also help keep cholesterol levels and glycaemic index low and research suggests these fibers may also help keep you fuller for longer. Insoluble fiber helps keep you regular and prevents constipation.
Only Barley+ has increased levels of soluble fiber, insoluble fiber and resistant starch, all in the 1 whole grain and all working together at the same time. This makes Barley+ truly unique compared with other conventional high fiber cereal whole grains.
An adequate intake of a mix of dietary fiber types can provide a range of nutrients important to optimal digestive function, such as: 1) soluble fiber for a positive effect on blood cholesterol and a reduction in glycaemic index responses; 2) insoluble fiber to help keep you regular; and 3) nutrients like resistant starch which demonstrates fiber-like properties and exhibits prebiotic activity for the good gut bacteria.
Prebiotics are nutrients that nourish and feed the healthy bacteria that live in your gut. As the good bacteria grow under the nourishment of the prebiotic nutrients, they grow stronger and help push out the bad guys, making your gut stronger and healthier. The good gut bacteria help keep the cells lining the gut in good health.
We know that whole grain intake is linked to reduced risk of a range of chronic lifestyle related diseases. One of the main reasons for this is that whole grains are one of the key food sources of the various fiber types discussed here, but especially prebiotics!
Unfortunately, Americans are falling short on our intake of whole grains. Only 7 percent of Americans eat the recommended amount of whole grains, which is to consume 3 ounce-equivalents per day of whole grains for a 2,000-calorie diet – but the more the better!
One serve of Barley+ Muesli provides around 2 ounce-equivalents of whole grains to your daily intake.
Barley+ can help Americans meet their recommended intake of whole grain foods.
The American Dietary Reference Intakes* state that an Adequate Intake (AI) of Total Fiber in foods is 38 grams/day for young men and 25 grams/day for young women, based on the intake level observed to protect against coronary heart disease. However, these actual fiber recommendations in grams don’t help you understand which foods to eat to get the important fibers into your diet, nor how much of the different fiber types needed for optimal gut nutrition.
Therefore, choose foods broadly, and choose those you know contribute a mix of the different fiber types, such as Barley+, cooled potatoes, legumes and firm bananas. You should also aim to follow the recommendations outlined in The American Dietary Reference Intakes, as above.
Luckily, Barley+ provides a valuable mix of dietary fiber types all together in the one whole grain, and Barley+ can also contribute significantly to your total daily dietary fiber intake. Barley+ Muesli provides ~17 g total fiber/serve and a Barley+ Muesli Bar provides ~9 g total fiber/serve. In this way, Barley+ makes it easier to reach your daily fiber intake needs.
*Ref: The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, Medicine. Dietary Reference Intakes for Energy, Carbohydrate, Fiber, Fat, Fatty Acids, Cholesterol, Protein, and Amino Acids
(Macronutrients) http://nap.edu/10490 Last accessed 06/14/2017.
As all the good prebiotic and other fiber types in Barley+ pass undigested into your large intestine, and as your good gut bacteria use these prebiotics as their own food to build up more of their own good kind, they produce some of their own ‘wind’ or ‘gas’.
We’ve all been conditioned to think this ‘wind’ is a bad thing, but it can be an indication that the good gut bugs are fighting back. The trick is to introduce this good prebiotic fiber back into your diet slowly, to give the good gut bugs time to adapt to all the good stuff you’re feeding them.
Follow our quick tips and step-by-step guide below, to reboot your gut in a way that’s right for you