AB Mauri made available in the UK the all-natural high-fiber wholegrain BarleyMax.
BarleyMax was developed by the Australian government following decades of research. It is described as providing more than twice the dietary fiber of conventional cereal varieties such as barley, wheat and oats and has four times the level of resistant starch of most grains, 70% more beta glucans than oats and is low GI.
The ingredient has already proved a success in Asia and Australia, according to the business, and is used in a wide range of products including baked goods, noodles, rice and breakfast cereals. With a light taste and golden-brown appearance, BarleyMax is suitable for bakery applications.
AB Mauri says that the high level of fiber in BarleyMax makes it possible to make an on-pack ‘gut health’ claim, enabling manufacturers to capitalize on consumers’ increasing interest in how their gut affects overall wellbeing.
The first Australian commercial crop of BarleyMax wholegrain was grown in 2008, with the first breakfast cereals containing BarleyMax launched the following year.