Barley is actually one of the oldest consumed grains in the world. It was a staple grain for peasants during medieval times for centuries and today is still included in the diet of many European, African, and Middle Eastern nations that have been eating barley for thousands of years. It is available globally and also is not expensive like many other whole grains or cereals. Barley being a whole grain is important sources of dietary fiber, vitamins, and minerals that are not found in refined grains. When it is cooked, barley has a chewy texture and nutty flavour. It’s high fiber content makes it good for heart health and diabetes protection. Barley is also helpful in weight loss as it improves metabolism and helps to increase satiety. Because of its fiber content, barley promotes regularity for a healthy digestive tract and helps to prevent constipation. Presence of high level of micronutrients like vitamins, minerals and antioxidants in barley helps in preventing cancer. They are also considered to promote a healthy Skin complexion and hair.
Some cooking ways to include barley in your regular diet are:
Making barley khichadi
Making barley Upma
By adding in clear soups
Adding barley flour in baking breads
Enjoy the benefits of barley by including it in your diet regularly.