Mechanism for the Increased Defecation and Jejunum Mucosal Protein Content in Rats by Feeding Germinated Barley Foodstuff

Mechanism for the increased defecation and jejunum mucosal protein content in rats by feeding germinated barley foodstuff.
Biosci Biotechnol Biochem. 1997 Mar;61(3):443-8.
Kanauchi O, Agata K, Fushiki T.
Applied Bioresearch Center, Kirin Brewery Co., Ltd., Gunma, Japan.

We investigated the effects of germinated barley foodstuff (GBF) on the fecal excretion and jejunum mucosal protein content in male Sprague-Dawley rats fed on various diets with the same protein and dietary fiber levels. Under these experimental conditions, GBF was confirmed to induce greater fecal output compared with commercial water-soluble or -insoluble dietary fibers. While the dietary fiber extracted from GBF increased the fecal output and mucosal protein content, the protein fraction of GBF degraded to the peptide form did not increase the fecal output or mucosal protein content. Increased mucosal protein and fecal output were thus found to require the presence of the dietary fiber fraction or possibly the protein fraction bound tightly to the dietary fiber of GBF. GBF feeding increased the volatile fatty acids concentration in the cecum, indicating that GBF may be efficiently fermented in the intestinal tract.