Along with the growing trend of healthy lifestyles, the Indonesian food market is filled with various types of healthy foods. Another one that we would like to introduce is barley, a type of grain that comes from the wheat family.
As reported by various sources, barley is the kind of wheat that is low in calories, rich in vitamins and nutrients, and high in fiber. Here are the benefits of consuming barley regularly that you should know.
Barley is rich in vitamins, minerals and other beneficial plant compounds. It’s available in many forms, ranging from hulled barley to barley grits, flakes and flour. Almost all forms of barley utilize the whole grain — except for pearl barley, which has been polished to remove some or all of the outer bran layer along with the hull.
When consumed as a whole grain, barley is a particularly rich source of fiber, molybdenum, manganese and selenium. It also contains good amounts of copper, vitamin B1, chromium, phosphorus, magnesium and niacin. Additionally, barley packs lignans, a group of antioxidants linked to a lower risk of cancer and heart disease.
2. Fiber Boost
Barley is a soluble fiber, meaning it can dissolve in water and provides the body with useful energy. Fiber can also be insoluble, meaning it passes through the digestive tract without breaking down and does not provide the body with energy.
The American Dietetic Association recommend that adult women eat 25 grams (g) and adult men eat 38 g of dietary fiber every day.
In addition to its high fiber content, barley also contains a mix of beneficial vitamins and minerals.
3. Lowers blood sugar levels
Barley-based foods have been shown to help boost the number of beneficial bacteria prevotella in the gut. These bacteria have been shown to help lower blood sugar levels for up to 11–14 hours. Keeping blood sugar levels in check can help reduce the risk of type 2 diabetes. It can also help those who have diabetes manage their blood glucose levels.