Barley oﬀers many of the same healthy vitamins and minerals as other whole grains, but many think its special health beneﬁts stem from the high levels of soluble “beta-glucan” ﬁber found in this grain. “Beta-glucans” reduce cholesterol, help control blood sugar, and improve immune system function. New research even indicates that “beta-glucans” may be radio-protective: they may help our bodies stand up better to chemotherapy, radiation therapy and nuclear emergencies.
Some of Barley’s benefits include:
Barley, you may be surprised to ﬁnd that it’s endlessly versatile. You can cook it as a side dish, such as a barley pilaf; you can bake barley bread; you can enjoy barley porridge for breakfast; and you can even use barley ﬂour to bake your favorite cookies. While true whole grain barley can take 50-60 minutes to cook, it’s easy to cook a big batch then refrigerate it or freeze it until needed. Or cook it in soups, and enjoy comforting aromas simmering on the stove while you do something else.
Nutrition Information: 1 cup cooked Pearled Barley: Calories 193, Fat 1g, Carbohydrates 44g, Fiber 6g, Protein 4g.