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Sprouted Barley Malt

Barley is one of the first cereal crops ever domesticated by humankind. Barley is considered to be one of the most nutritious cereals and is therefore consumed as a popular health food. Its nutritional content primarily consists of carbohydrates, dietary fiber, fat and protein, as well as vitamins, including thiamine, riboflavin, niacin, pantothenic acid, folate, vitamin B6 and C. Calcium, iron, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium and zinc are the minerals which are also included in barley.

Barley malt is a syrup made from sprouted barley grains by toasting and grounding them. In this process, complex carbohydrates are broken down into simple sugars. The malt has subtly sweet in taste. Some health benefits of barley malt consumption are as follows:

•  Helps in lowering cholesterol

•  Barley malt syrup is used for treating fevers, digestive disorders, diarrhea and irritable bladders.

•  It is also helpful in dry coughs

•  Sprouted barley malt is rich in antioxidants because of the presence of chlorophyll in it which helps combat intestinal and skin disorders most effectively.

•  The presence of beta glucan in barley malt helps maintain required levels of blood sugar in the body.

•  Dietary fiber contained in barley malt aids in fighting coronary heart diseases.

Preparation :

Barley malt is mainly available in the form of syrups.

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