What Nutrition Is in Barley Natural Weight-Loss Food?


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Hulled barley is rich in insoluble fiber, a bulking substance that can help reduce cravings. This is why barley is used in many weight-loss programs. It also contains the soluble, cholesterol-fighting fibers beta-glucan and pectin.

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Hulled barley is a low-fat, cholesterol-free grain. It is considered a whole grain because it is minimally processed to remove the inedible outer hull. Typically found in health food stores, hulled barley is the most nutritious form of barley and contains double the fiber and minerals of "pearl barley." Pearl barley is the most common type of barley, easily found in local grocery stores. Although its outer bran layer is stripped away, pearl barley is a healthier refined grain because its fiber is distributed throughout the kernel.

Barley can help speed the digestive process and reduce the risk of developing colorectal disease. Cultivated for many centuries, barley is a versatile, healthier alternative to rice. It can be used in soups, breads, stews and other dishes. When stored in an airtight container it can keep for up to nine months.

The nutritional values of a 184g serving of hulled barley includes 651 calories, 35 calories from fat, 4g total fat, 1g saturated fat, 2mg sodium, 135g carbohydrate, 23g protein, 32g dietary fiber and 1g sugars.

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