Scientists from the National Polytechnic Institute (IPN), Mexico, have evolved barley tortillas to fight obesity and helps manage diabetes.
Specialists in Medical School (ESM) have developed this a nutritional alternative to combat the risk factors that cause diabetes and chronic degenerative diseases.
According to the creators Maltitortilla Glucofixed has a glycemic index much lower than the corn tortilla index, which reduces glucose uptake.
Scientists are convinced barley has been wasted in the food industry, as it was restricted to use as a food for livestock and for brewing.
Cereal gives the body many benefits because It has B vitamins (folic acid and choline), vitamin K and is a good source of potassium, magnesium and phosphorus. This is explained by researchers Gustavo Acosta Altamirano and Gabriela Cortés Moreno.
Together with 4 other scientists, Cortes and Acosta created barley tortillas; Trace rich in trace elements such as iron, sulfur, copper, zinc, manganese, chromium, selenium, iodine and molybdenum.
Unlike corn and wheat, barley contains lysine (the amino acid essential for muscle mass synthesis and immune system strengthening). Therefore, It is ideal for individuals who have little nutrition and older adults with gastrointestinal problems. It also supports the growth of children.
Innovative food producers ensured this barley tortillas also create a feeling of happiness in those who consume them because they contain hordenin.
This alkaloid acts as a natural antiseptic at the intestinal level and stimulates dopamine receptors, which, among other things, play a very important role in the mood and motivation of people.
In all its properties, barley tortilla and other derivatives can contribute to improving the nutrition of the population, besides helps control blood glucose levels and cholesterol levels and reduce obesity.
"This is an innovation in which we are pioneers, it will definitely affect Mexican nutrition and help reduce obesity, so we will focus not only on tortilla production but also on we will also process other food of popular consumption such as tamales and bakery products"said Acosta Altamirano, who also co-ordinates ESM Masters.
A group of scientists will begin the process of patenting the product and will begin its commercialization in the coming months. Its aim is to offer a viable alternative for the overweight population. Mexico is the world's first child obesity and the second in adulthood.