Health Benefits of Spent Grain
Love beer? Well now you can snack on a by-product of your favorite beverage, guilt free!
Brewer's spent grain (BSG) is made as a result of the beer brewing process, and it is often considered a waste product. Considering that 22.3 hectolitres of beer was produced in Canada in 2016, that is a lot of grain that brewers are dealing with. As the craft beer industry in Alberta continues to grow, more and more of this ‘waste’ will be produced and disposal is often an issue for smaller brewers. Enter Tapped Foods: we take this waste product and transform it into upcycled, sustainable, delicious and healthy treats.
In addition to the environmental benefits, BSG is in fact a supergrain that is good for you. One of the earliest steps in the brewing process is called 'mashing', where the starches get pulled out of the malted grains by mixing them with hot water - leaving behind a super nutritious 'spent' grain. The leftover BSG is a high source of protein and fibre. It has been estimated that it contains twice as much protein and ten times as much dietary fibre as normal all-purpose flour. Wait, it gets even better! BSG also contains important nutrients and vitamins, such as folic acid, niacin, biotin, thiamine, choline, pantothenic acid, riboflavin, and pyridoxine, to list a few. Finally, the use of BSG in food may be associated with certain health benefits, such as its antioxidant, antiallergenic, and anti-inflammatory properties as a result of phenolic acids. To say that this grain is ‘spent’ is to ignore the associated health benefits of using this product in our food.