Sustagrain is becoming a new buzzword among health food enthusiasts as they eagerly await its release to the general public. However, many people would still like to know: what is it? What can it do? What is so great about it? Most importantly, what are the health benefits of Sustagrain?
Sustagrain is the patented name for a type of barley which has been recently developed for University of Montana’s ConAgra. It has been defined as functional food, or an edible substance which is highly obtainable and offers multiple benefits for the human body. Sustagrain also offers a delicious flavor, making it doubly beneficial to health-conscious consumers. The health benefits of Sustagrain come partly from its base of real barley.
Sustagrain is comprised of about thirty percent dietary fiber. Barley itself is a grain extremely high in fiber, but the added content contributes to an even more beneficial product for the body. Sustagrain also contains increased levels of beta-glucan, a substance capable of reducing the blood sugar. Food high in glucose can cause a skyrocketing level of sugar in the body which can be extremely detrimental to those suffering from hypoglycemia and diabetes. Since its carbohydrates are paired with the beta-glucan, the health benefits of Sustagrain as opposed to regular wheat can be a perfect match for the diabetic.
ConAgra is currently involved in efforts to spread education to dietitians and other health professionals about the health benefits of Sustagrain. As well as being a highly palatable product, Sustagrain can be a great help to people suffering from Celiac disease, which is an extremely sensitive allergy to wheat gluten. Since Sustagrain has a sharply reduced gluten content, the product could be a good wheat substitute for Celiac sufferers.
Although Sustagrain is not available to the general public as of yet, it is being offered to numerous manufacturers as a flour substitute. The ConAgra company executives are not currently releasing any reports on manufacturers that are using the product. However, they are very positive about soon being able to let the world experience the health benefits of Sustagrain.
Sustagrain can not only be used as a flour substitute, but it can also be used in numerous ways just like any other grain. It can be used in smoothies, baking, pilaf and much more. The manufacturer has previously enjoyed success with another product called Ultragrain, which is a type of whole wheat flour which boasts the delicate flavor and texture of white flour. However, the health benefits of Sustagrain are pushing the product to even better success once released.
A few health food advocates have expressed concern about foods which were brought into being through the use of science. They argue that amaranth or quinoa would be a far better wheat substitute. However, these grains have much less versatility than Sustagrain. The health benefits of Sustagrain far outweigh any negative effects. Thus far, studies of the product have shown it to be completely safe for ingestion.