Nutrition Showdown: Mochi Barley vs Conventional Pearl Barley

Posted by Tomohiro Matano on May 12, 2016 3:00:45 PM

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Not All Pearl Barley Is Nutritionally Equal

Did you know that Barley is a superior superfood when it comes to the nutrients that your body needs in order to perform at its best and stay healthy? But not all barley is created equal and when it comes to pearl barley, Mochi Barley outdoes conventional barley in many key nutritional metrics.

Mochi barley's variety tends to contain more soluble and insoluble fiber than conventional pearled barley varieties. It is lower in carbohydrates and contains more calcium, folate and pantothenic acid. Also, each variety is different in starch composition. While regular barley’s starch consists of both Amylose and Amylopectin, Mochi starch is mostly Amylopectin which leads to better gelatinization (cooked in less time) and a stickier texture when cooked.

Fiber in Barley

The high quantities of soluble and insoluble fiber found in Mochi Barley help in a number of ways. One way is by giving your intestinal health a boost. You see, the insoluble fiber you digest feeds the good bacteria found in your large intestine which, in turn, helps decrease the transit time of fecal matter through your system. The faster the fecal matter moves through, the less risk of colon cancer and hemorrhoids one has.

The fiber in Mochi Barley is also high in beta glucan, which binds to bile acids and removes them from the body. By removing these acids the body, it's forced to replenish, which uses up cholesterol thus, lowering one's cholesterol levels and greatly benefiting those struggling with heart disease.

Barley Contains Calcium, Who Knew?

Also beneficial to your heart is Mochi Barley’s calcium and folate content. When partnered with fiber, calcium may help control blood pressure by regulating hormones and electrolyte interactions in your body. Calcium content in 100g of Mochi Barley is 13mg compared to the 9mg in conventional barley and 7mg in quinoa.

Folate helps to metabolize homocysteine into methionine. Elevated levels of homocysteine in the blood stream is associated with atherosclerosis and blood clots, so breaking down this amino acid encourages normal cholesterol levels and cardiovascular health.

So if you’re going to add the benefits of pearled barley to your diet, you might as well eat the best. Mochi Barley stands above conventional barley in not only nutritional value, but also in texture, taste, and ease of cooking. Just by adding it to your rice dish in the traditional Japanese way you’ll be providing your family with the benefits of a superfood in a deliciously healthy meal. Click HERE to learn more about Mochi Pearled Barley.

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