NATURE’S HEARTY GRAIN
Nature’s Hearty Grain is your first stop for learning more about food barley. By supplementing your diet with barley, you will benefit from improved digestive health, heart health, and satiety to help manage body weight. Barley has been a part of diets around the world for millennia and is still vital to global cuisine today. This is a versatile grain that can be incorporated into a variety of dishes. If you live in the Pacific Northwest, you may have come across a few barley fields. Among these fields are the farmers; growing barley is a family business. Take a moment to learn about their relationships to your community and how they produce a superior grain for it.
Part of a Healthful Diet
Food barley is considered a “super grain” because of its health and nutrition benefits which have been well-documented by scientists and nutritionists. These health benefits include:
Barley contains key components like soluble beta-glucan fiber, antioxidants, phytochemicals, proteins, vitamins, and minerals that provide specific nutrional benefits for human health.
Since 2006, The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has determined that soluble fiber from barley, as part of a diet low in saturated fat and cholesterol, may reduce the risk of heart disease by lowering low density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol and total cholesterol levels. Whole grain barley as well as dry milled barley products, such as pearled barley kernels, flakes, grits and flour that provide at least 0.75 grams of soluble fiber per serving, qualify under this new health claim.
There are two main types of dietary fiber – soluble and insoluble. The main difference between the two is how they move through the digestive tract. Insoluble fiber, also known as roughage, moves through the digestive tract mostly undisolved.
Studies show that insoluble fiber is beneficial in lowering the risk of bowel disorders and colon cancer.
Barley Contains Fiber Throughout the Entire Kernel!
Processed barley products such as flour, flakes or pearl barley, retain at least 50% of their original fiber content even after the bran or outer layer of the barley kernel is removed. In most grains, fiber is found only in the bran or outer layer of the kernel.
Not enough fiber in your diet? Just 1 cup of cooked pearl barley provides 20-25% of daily fiber needs.
Soluble fiber (beta glucan) mixes with liquid and binds to fatty substances to help remove them from the body.
Studies show that soluble fiber (beta-glucan) is effective in lowering blood cholesterol and has also been shown to be beneficial in slowing the absorption of sugar, which, for people with diabetes, may help decrease the need for insulin. Barley and oats are the only two edible grains that contain significant levels of beta-glucan.
The combination of barley’s high soluble fiber and total dietary fiber (the highest fiber of any grain!), low glycemic index and antioxidants are all key to achieving these significant health benefits. Nutritionists recommend that women consume 25 grams of fiber and men consume 38 grams of fiber daily.
Barley from us to YOU!
Barley contains 8 essential amino acids, vitamins, as well an several minerals, and has been used since Ancient Egypt. It’s versatile usability means that you have a HUGE variety of ways to add this healthy grain to your everyday diet. Grown right here in the Pacific Northwest, Barley is your next healthy and sustainable super food. Check our Recipes page to see how you can incorporate more BARLEY into your life TODAY!