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Can whole grain barley really be this amazing????

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Hi Kathrynne-I was adding barley to my morning breakfast to zing up the fried rice I was making along with some extra tofu (instead of eggs) along with the Dr. Oz turmeric/garlic/ pepper/salt seasoning shaker. I've been overweight all my life so I try to be conscienscious about eating healthy, if nothing else. The last few days I noticed a rather drastic drop in my weight-several pounds in two weeks-and I'm not very hungry during the day-that's a change. I started researching barley and found the most amazing studies-it's like this wonder food that keeps your hunger pangs away for hours, kills off tumor cells (shiitake mushrooms used for cancer treatments in Japan), lowers serum cholesterol (as in heart disease conditions), help alleviate blood sugar levels (as in diabetes) and of course is extremely high in fiber so it improves your colon function. There's more but these are just some of the high lights. I can attest to not being hungry for hours. That is amazing because it's a first for me. There's also some interesting literature that it is effective for help alleviate infections and citations about how it's used in some hospital settings to help lower the infection rate among patients. Am I off track or is there real validity to these citations? Thanks!! Christy

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Christy, you continue to inspire and surprise me with your diligent research. And I'm delighted to be able to say that yes, your information is correct -- barley is very high in both soluble and insoluble fiber, helps control blood glucose, is rich in lignans which help protect against some cancers, and helps reduce blood glucose spikes, among many other benefits. I recommend choosing hulled barley, rather than pearled barley, because the pearled form has had nutrients stripped away. The hulled takes longer to cook but is far more nutritious. A couple of good articles:

 

WebMD: Barley -- http://www.webmd.com/vitamins-and-supplements/barley-health-benefits

 

World's Healthiest Foods: Barley -- http://www.whfoods.com/genpage.php?tname=foodspice&dbid=127

 

I believe you've inspired me to cook a batch of barley for dinner tonight!

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