If you run an Internet search investigating the health benefits of barley you’ll be bombarded with results!
This extensive list includes benefits for digestive health, heart health, ability to lower cholesterol, reduce the risk of developing type-2 diabetes, reduce the risk of developing some cancers, can play a role in weight management and satiety, and may even prevent the formation of gallstones.
So what makes barley so good?
Barley is rich in fibre. It contains a range of vitamins and minerals, including niacin, thiamine, selenium, iron, magnesium, zinc, phosphorus, and copper. It also contains anti-oxidants that protect against oxidative damage, and phytochemicals that can protect again some disease.
How can you go about incorporating barley into your diet?
- Add barley to your stews and soups to make them heartier and give your meal a subtle nutty flavour
- Try using cracked barley or barley flakes to make hot cereal during the cooler months
- Add chilled cooked hulled barley to chopped vegetables and dressing to make a tasty cold salad
- You can even mix barley flour with wheat flour to make breads or other baked treats