How to choose a barley juice product
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Barley juice vs. barley grass
The very inexpensive barley products available are not barley juice products at
all. They are made from barley grass which is dried and then chopped fine.
There may well be value in these products but they cannot be compared to barley
juice products. When barley grass is juiced, the cellulose in the grass is
eliminated. Cellulose is indigestible fiber and makes up the vast majority
of any plant. If you are taking a barley grass product with the cellulose
still in it, you would have to consume much much more of it--perhaps up to 10
times more if you want to get the same amount of nutrition as a barley juice
Studies show that the growing conditions impact nutrition in barley grass
dramatically. In fact, wheat and barley grown in the same field look
fairly similar nutritionally. However, there is a big difference in the
nutrition from different barley grasses that are grown in different conditions.
As a result, the farming is very important and should be consistent so that the
final product will be consistent. Obviously, organic growing methods that
preserve high levels of nutrition in the soil are preferable.
Most top brands of barley juice powder at least use certified organic barley
(sometimes the other ingredients are not organic). While being
organic does not mean that the product is nutritious, it does represent a
commitment to quality.
Optimally, the manufacturing process should juice the barley grass and convert
it to powder without a lot of heat in order to preserve as much nutritional
value as possible. This process should take place as soon as possible
after harvesting the grass.
Some barley juice products have additives to them such as maltodextrin.
Read this for our opinion on using additives. Sometimes, products have
other ingredients added that are quite good for you such as other grass extracts
or fruit extracts. That is fine, but you have to remember that every
additive means more barley juice is removed from the final product. If you
want barley juice, use a 100% barley juice product.
We owe a debt to MLM (multi-level marketing) companies who introduced barley
juice products to the world about 30 years ago. However, MLM products are
almost always too expensive because so many distributors have to be paid on
sales. Don't overpay for a product--equivalent products exist outside MLM
and are much less expensive.
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