Some seven million acres of farmland in Canada are dedicated to barley, yet a surprisingly high number of us don’t regularly include it in our meals. Not only is barley delicious on its own and a great natural ingredient, this affordable superfood packs a significant nutritional punch.
As a whole grain, it contains protein, insoluble and soluble fibre, healthy fatty acids, B vitamins, iron, calcium, potassium, phosphorus, magnesium, manganese, zinc, and antioxidants. Barley has the highest total dietary fibre content of all food grains. It’s also the only cereal grain to contain all isomeric forms of vitamin E — an important antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, and immunity enhancer.
The high level of soluble dietary fibre in barley helps lower cholesterol and creates a feeling of fullness for a longer time period, supporting any weight management efforts. Barley also has a lower glycemic index than any other cereal grain, helping to regulate blood sugars and making it a great choice for a diabetic diet.
“People who haven’t experienced the great taste and nutritional benefits of barley are missing out on a delightful grain with a long and proud domestic heritage,” says Kara Barnes, director of grower and industry programs at the Barley Council of Canada. “This superfood has a mild nutty flavour that’s a perfect ingredient in tons of recipes for everything from salads to desserts.”
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