The story of Barley is worth reading about. Knowing that the roman army ate large amounts of barley when on there marches and the roman gladiators fueled up with barley makes it even more intriguing. Barley, in my opinion is a superfood. The nutritional benefit and ease of preparation happens to warrant high praise.

Research conducted in Canada, the United States, and Australia has shown that barley can play a significant role in lowering blood cholesterol in hypercholesterolemic subjects. Other studies have shown that non-insulin dependent diabetics (Type II) had improved blood glucose levels as a result of including barley in their nutritional planning.

Additionally, barley rates an astoundingly low 27 on the glycemic index. In addition, barley has high concentrations of Vitamin E complex, antioxidant compounds that work to suppress the activity of the first rate-limiting enzyme in the liver, thus reducing cholesterol synthesis. And barley is one of the highest known sources of beta-glucans, carbohydrates that have remarkable immune boosting properties.

Here are 4 solid reasons to consider barley in your grocery cart:

  1. Barley ranks incredibly low on the glycemic index, which is an outstanding concept for diabetics and weight loss interests.
    It contains 1,000s of active enzymes.
  2. It is an ultra-long-chain carbohydrate that takes up to 4 hours to break down in the digestive tract, thus providing a slow, sustained release of energy and insulin
  3. Because the release is so slow, it actually lowers the body’s insulin response.
  4. It provides over 400% more energy per calorie than any other food calorie known. (Despite what the USDA may tell you, not all calories are created equal.)

Try not to let the Gluten free craze get you distracted from ‘real’ whole grains like Barley.


What has your experience been with real whole grains?