African Journal of Traditional, Complementary and Alternative Medicines

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Biochemical composition and nutritional evaluation of barley rihane (Hordeum vulgare L.)

Lamia Lahouar, Fatma Ghrairi, Amira El Arem, Sana Medimagh, Mouledi El Felah, Hichem Ben Salem, Lotfi Achour


Background: Many experimental studies have suggested an important role for barley Rihane(BR)in the prevention of colon cancer and cardiovascular diseases. The objective of this study was to evaluate the physico-chemical properties and nutritional characterizations of BR compared to other varieties grown in Tunisia (Manel, Roho and Tej).

Material and Methods: Total, insoluble and soluble dietary fiber(β-glucan),total protein, ash and some minerals of BR and Tunisian barley varieties were determined.

Results: The results revealed that BR is good source of dietary fiber mainly β-glucan compared to the other varieties. This variety is a relatively rich source of phosphorous and potassium and it contains many important unsaturated fatty acids. BR has higher nutritional value than other varieties.

Conclusion: Barley Rihane has significant nutritional characterizations compared to others Tunisian barleys varieties.

Keywords: Barley Rihane;biochemical composition;nutritional properties;β-glucan; bioactive compounds; functional food

Abbreviations: BR, Barley Rihane; LDL, low density lipoprotein; HDL, high density lipoprotein; AOM, azoxymethane; TBV, Tunisian barley varieties; TGW, thousand grain weight; SW, weight specific; TDF, total dietary fiber; IDF, insoluble dietary fiber; SDF, soluble dietary fiber; DM, Dry Matter.

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