December 26, 2012

Accidental Brilliance Superfood + Supplement Series...Benefits of Barley

There is no denying that we all need to get as much fiber as we can get into our diets. Barley might be one of tastiest ways to do it. This ancient grain gets pretty overlooked these days. But, there are so many benefits of barley. It makes the perfect substitute for rice or pasta in most recipes + is way more nutritional. This nutty flavored superfood is not only a low-glycemic grain, it is high in both soluble and insoluble fiber. Soluble fiber helps the body metabolize fats, cholesterol and carbohydrates, and lowers blood cholesterol levels. Insoluble fiber—commonly called "roughage"—promotes a healthy digestive tract and reduces the risk of cancer. It is an excellent source of niacin which promotes healthy skin + hair. It provides high concentrations of tocotrienols, the "super" form of vitamin E. It also provides lignans, phytochemicals that function as antioxidants. It has also been proven that women who consume lignans (also present in high levels in flaxseed) are less likely to develop breast cancer. There are a bunch of super recipes to get your dose of barley but, this one is  simple + fast...try it as a side dish or a main course alongside a hearty bowl of lentil soup and you are set.


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