Interesting Facts about Barley 


  • Barley is a whole grain that is high in fiber. Just ½ cup contains 3 g of fiber. High fiber foods help digestion, reduce the risk for colon cancer and keep us feeling full longer.

  • Barley has a low glycemic index which is a good carbohydrate choice for diabetics.

  • Niacin, a B Vitamin, raises good cholesterol and lowers bad cholesterol. One serving of barley (1 cup) contains 14% of the RDA for Niacin.

  • The Zinc in barley helps our body ward off infections.

  • Barley also contains tryptophan, an amino acid which helps our body to relax and sleep.

  • The phytonutrients in barley has anti-cancer properties especially against breast and prostate cancer.

  • In barley there is a high in the trace mineral selenium which our body needs for cell production.




Fun Fact: Up until the 16th century, barley was used in Europe as currency and for measuring.

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