Malt's slow energy release is the perfect pick-me-up: study

By Noli Dinkovski

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Malt: a rich source of vitamins, including thiamine, riboflavin, niacin, folate and vitamin B6
Malt: a rich source of vitamins, including thiamine, riboflavin, niacin, folate and vitamin B6

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The slow-releasing energy properties of malt can serve as a vital way of counteracting tiredness and boosting energy levels, new research has claimed.

While energy drinks and scientifically-formulated sports bars are often used as energy snacks, snacking on malt loaf – which was naturally low in fat, a source of fibre and provided a convenient supply of energy – provided a viable alternative, research published in Network Health Digest​ claimed.

Malt is a rich source of vitamins, including thiamine, riboflavin, niacin, folate and vitamin B6. B vitamins are known to be essential for converting carbohydrates, protein and fat contained in food into energy.

Energy-boosting properties

In the past, people regularly consumed malt for its health benefits and energy-boosting properties, report author Dr Emma Derbyshire claimed.

Research showed that energy slumps often occurred in the afternoon, typically triggered by low blood sugar levels, she added.

“Starchy foods are great for combatting dipping sugar levels as they provide higher amounts of slow releasing energy, leaving you feeling fuller for longer.

“Starchy foods should comprise about one-third of everything that we eat,”​ Derbyshire explained.

‘Slow-releasing energy food source’

“Now, the role of malt as a slow-releasing energy food source is emerging. Not only is it the perfect food to provide a general pick-me-up, it is also an ideal snack for fuelling exercise.”

Malt loaf is listed as a healthier snack in Public Health England’s Change4Life campaign, which is offering parents money-off vouchers to purchase such options.

Last year, East Anglian malt manufacturer Muntons was placed sixth in a list of the UK’s top 100 private companies with the fastest-growing profits.

The Stowmarket-based family-owned firm entered The Sunday Times​ BDO Profit Track 100 league table, which ranked Britain’s 100 private companies with the fastest-growing profits.

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