Barley is one of various types of whole grains. Whole grains are types of grains which contain all parts of a grain: the bran, germ, and endosperm. Refined grains only contain one of these parts. By choosing refined grains instead of whole grains, you can miss out on important nutrients that keep your body healthy and prevent heart disease, diabetes, and obesity. Barley, in particular, is high in fiber, potassium, and selenium, important nutrients for everyone’s diet. These nutrients aid in digestion, blood sugar stabilization, lowering blood pressure, and the prevention of inflammation – a win, win! Don’t know where to start with barley? It is a great addition to soups, pilafs, and hot cereals, the perfect hearty food to add to your diet during the cold winter season!
Colleen Forrest, RDN, LDN
Spectrum Health Services, Inc.