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August 9, 2017 

Customers can choose from a range of cereals, snack bars, bread and wraps with added health benefits from the natural wholegrain that we developed.

Freedom Foods has just launched their new Barley+ range of cereals and muesli bars, with our BARLEYmaxTM as the key ingredient.

The right kind of high-fibre diet

Fermentable fibres such as resistant starch are an important part of any diet.

Resistant starch feeds the ‘good bacteria’ that live in our large bowel. Foods such as lentils, peas, beans, cooked and cooled potato, cold pasta salad and firm bananas contain resistant starch, as does the natural, high-fibre wholegrain BARLEYmax™.

Research shows that eating more resistant starch could protect against the genetic damage that precedes colorectal cancer. It can also help to combat cardiovascular disease and Type 2 diabetes. Colorectal cancer remains the third most common cancer in both American men and women.

Using traditional plant breeding techniques, our scientists have developed BARLEYmax™, a new type of barley with significant health benefits.

How and why we developed BARLEYmax

Barley is often considered a forgotten grain in Western diets, although perhaps not when it comes to beer.

A handful BARLEYmax grains

BARLEYmax is high in fibre, particularly resistant starch.

In the 1990s a team of our scientists became interested in barley as a grain with human health benefits. They began looking into the starch composition of a barley known as Himalaya 292, which had been stored in a shoe box with around 100 other barleys.

Subsequent plant breeding and nutritional analysis showed Himalaya 292 grain to have a low glycaemic index, high fibre and beta-glucan content. This grain became the focus of plant breeding efforts and led to the development of BARLEYmax™.

BARLEYmax™ has been licensed to a CSIRO spin-off company, The Healthy Grain, which has been actively marketing BARLEYmax™ to food companies in Australia and overseas, and now has trials in place with some major global food companies.

BARLEYmax products available now

Australian company, Freedom Foods recently launched a brand-new range (called Barley+) of whole grain muesli and muesli bars with BARLEYmax™ as the key ingredient. In the US, the products are sold in Kroger Supermarkets.

Japanese people are developing a taste for BARLEYmax™ and in 2017 there were more than 20 BARLEYmax™ food products , in Japanese supermarkets and convenience stores, many produced by Teijin Ltd. These include granola, soba (buckwheat noodle), biscuits, snack bars, rice mixtures, a smoothie, bento (lunch box) and onigiri (rice ball). A recent event hosted by Teijin saw chefs prepare a range of specialty dishes using BARLEYmax™ ingredients.

There are more than 20 products now available in Japan that contain BARLEYmaxTM, including snacks, granola and ramen bars.

There are more than 20 products now available in Japan that contain BARLEYmax™, including snacks, granola and ramen bars.

Demand for healthier foods

An ageing population, rising levels of chronic disease and greater social awareness around health and wellbeing is leading to a demand for foods that provide specific health benefits above and beyond basic nutrition. This was one of the main trends identified in the Food & Agribusiness Roadmap we published in July 2017.

We can expect to see more and more products incorporating BARLEYmax™ in the future, especially as others catch on to the health benefits of eating more wholegrains: reducing the risk of certain cancers, heart disease, Type 2 diabetes, stroke and even weight control, to name a few.

Our better for you BARLEYmaxTM goes global

BLOG—It’s easier than ever to feed your gut the right type of fibre with a variety of products containing BARLEYmax™ now available in stores in the US, Australia and Japan.