Hi everyone! So many people want to know, “why Barley”? This blog post is going to talk about the benefits of eating Barley and its nutrient values every morning or whenever you feel hungry.
Although barley may not be as popular as other whole grains like oats and wheat, barley has some impressive health benefits. A very high fiber content, vitamins and minerals, antioxidants, heart health and diabetes protection are just some of the barley nutrition benefits that make it one of the best whole grain choices.
Barley is actually one of the oldest consumed grains in the world. It was one of the first cultivated grains, particularly in Eurasia as early as 10,000 years ago and was a staple grain for peasants during medieval times for centuries and today is still included in the diet of many European, African, and Middle Eastern nations that have been eating barley for thousands of years.
Barley is an important source of dietary fibre, resistant starch, trace minerals, vitamins, phytoestrogens and antioxidants, which are associated with disease prevention. Barley is one of the richest sources of the soluble fibre β-glucan, a non-starch polysaccharide found primarily in the cell walls of the endosperm and aleurone layer of the grain.
Barley has the highest fibre content of the cereal grains. Dietary fibre intake is inversely associated with the risk of chronic disease.
Health Benefits of Barley
- Barley controls blood sugar better
- Barley lowers glucose levels
- Barley beta-glucan lowers glycemic index
- Insulin response better with barley beta-glucan
- Barley beats oats in glucose response study
- Barley reduces blood pressure
- Barley lowers serum lipids
- Cholesterol and visceral fat decrease with barley
- Barley significantly improves lipid
- Barley’s slow digestion may help weight control
- Greater satiety, fewer calories eaten with barley