Barley is a versatile low GI cereal grain with a rich nutlike flavour. It resembles wheat berries, although slightly lighter in colour.
Barley is a gluten containing grain and some healthcare practitioners consider it should be eliminated along with wheat, oats and rye for those on gluten-free diets.
Barley is an excellent source manganese & molybdenum (60 grms of the dry hulled grain provides 60% of the daily recommended intake). It is high in selenium, dietary fibre & vitamin B1. It also contains copper, which assists with healthy bones, joints and blood vessels, and phosphorus, essential for cell-membranes and nervous system structures.
Barley has the highest fibre content of the whole-grains. Insoluble fibre boosts intestinal health by providing bulk for regularity, and food for your friendly gut microbes in the large intestine. This collection of microbes known as our microbiome is essential for human development, immunity and nutrition. They help to digest our food, regulate our immune system, protect against other disease-causing bacteria, and produce several vitamins including B vitamins.
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