Scientists from the National Polytechnic Institute (IPN) in Mexico have developed barley tortillas to fight obesity and help control diabetes.
Specialists at the Medical School (ESM) have developed this a nutritious alternative to combat the risk factors that cause diabetes and chronic-degenerative diseases.
According to the creators, the Maltitortilla Glucofixed has a glycemic index much lower than that of corn tortilla, which allows to reduce the absorption of glucose.
Scientists are convinced that Barley is consumed in the food industry, because it is limited to being used as feed for livestock and for preparation.
The cereal provides more benefits for the body, because It has vitamins from group B (folic acid and choline), vitamin K and is a good source of potassium, magnesium and phosphorus. This explains the researchers Gustavo Acosta Altamorano and Gabriela Cortes Moreno.
Along with 4 other researchers, Cortes and Acosta created barley tortilla; 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 necessary to synthesize muscle mass and strengthen the immune system). Therefore, It is ideal for people who have little nutrients and older adults with gastrointestinal problems. It also advocates the growth of children.
The creators of innovative food provided this barley tortillas also create a sense of happiness in those who consume them because they contain chordenin.
This alkaloid acts as a natural antiseptic at the intestinal level and stimulates dopamine receptors, which among other functions play a very important role in the mood and motivation of people.
For all its properties, barley tortilla and other derivatives can contribute to improving the diet of the population, in addition help control blood sugar levels and cholesterol levels and reducing the rates of obesity.
"It is an innovation in which we are pioneers, it will definitely affect Mexican diet and will contribute to reducing obesity rates, so that we will not only focus on tortilla production, but also with the formula obtained, we will also develop other types of foods with popular consumption, such as tamales and bakery products"said Aosta Altamirano, who also coordinates the Master Studies in ESM Research.
The group of scientists will initiate a process to patent the product and begin its commercialization in the coming months. Its goal is to offer a viable alternative to the overweight population. Mexico is ranked first in the world in childhood obesity and second in adults.