Barley (Hordeum vulgare L.), a member of the grass family, is a major cereal grain grown in temperate climates globally. It was one of the first cultivated grains, particularly in Eurasia as early as 10,000 years ago] Barley has been used as animal fodder, as a source of fermentable material for beer and certain distilled beverages, and as a component of various health foods. It is used in soups and stews, and in barley bread of various cultures. Barley grains are commonly made into malt in a traditional and ancient method of preparation.
- Blood sugar control: Barley, in general, is the best choice of grain for diabetics as it helps keep your blood sugar levels under control. According to some studies, eating a barley dinner improves your insulin sensitivity up to 30%.
- It lowers glycemic index: Barley contains beta-glucan, an element that has a significant sway when it comes to lowering your glycemic index and normalizing your body’s insulin response. This alone makes it a much healthier than rice.
- It reduces blood pressure: Like other grains, pearl barley helps control your cholesterol levels and promotes cardiovascular health in general. It lowers your blood pressure and reduces the risk of heart disease and stroke.
- It helps with weight control: Not only does barley contain more dietary fiber, it also takes longer to digest than many other grains. Therefore, it’s a perfect choice for the people who want to lose weight as eating some barley-based meal will make you feel full longer. Pearl barley nutrition value is so high, that you will get enough energy to keep you going for many hours.
And what about this cool infographic from organicfacts.net
What is my reason for choosing barley? Well, none of those mentioned before! My reason is – cheap, local and delicious! Usually when I’m tired of making meals – I do make all the meals… or sometimes I run out of ideas, what to make. Lately, I’m not good at thinking. I choose barley. Soak overnight (usually for two days) and cook first thing in the morning.
Sometimes I make a salad, sometimes a soup, but this time I made something else, hope to share soon!
Do you use barley in your kitchen? Maybe you have the recipe on your blog!? Add link in the comments. Thank you!
P.S. All pictures from organicfacts.net