The health benefits of Barley are exemplified by examining the barley nutritional data summarized in a chart. Barley is a rich source of proteins, several B group vitamins as well as Vitamins A, K. It is also a rich source of niacin, folate and choline.
Barley grain are relatively rich in a wide range of minerals such as selenium, manganese, zinc copper, sodium, potassium, phosphorus, magnesium, iron and calcium.
This article summarizes the outstanding health aspects of barley grains, provides a nutrition chart and compares the nutrients in barley with other similar grains. See the tips and guides for using barley in food and drinks to improve your overall health.
Pearl barley is produced from the seeds of a grass (Hordeum vulgare). The hull or the barley is removed and the barley grains are steamed to remove the bran.
The grains are fried and polished (via pearling) to make the barley grains, easier and faster to cook, and make the grains more edible and chewable.
Even though the pearling removes the bran, barley still contains a lot of both soluble and insoluble dietary fiber.
The two tables summarize the nutrients in a cup of cooked pearl barely and for 100g of dry barley, compared with other grains.
Barley is a relatively rich source of dietary fiber with 6 g in a cup of cooked barley and 15g in 100g of fry barley.
This level is higher than for most other grains (except for bulgur).
Dietary fiber helps keep cholesterol levels down and fiber is known to speed up the rate of removal of waste products from the bowel and colon and helps in prevent constipation.
Comparisons with the amount of fiber in 1/2 cup of barley and other grains highlights the high fiber content of barley.
For 1/2 cup for cooked grain
► Barley has the lowest fat level of any of the grains in the table at 1.16 g per 100g of grain.
► Barley is also relatively rich in Vitamins A and K.
► Selenium, copper and zinc levels are higher than in most other grains.
► Barley has amongst the lowest level of saturated fat for the grains included in the table.
► Barley is relatively rich in niacin (Vitamin B3), choline and thiamine ( Vitamin B1).
|Total Fat (g)||1.16||3.41||1.34||4.69||4.22||6.90||1.63||1.71|
|Dietary Fiber (g)||15.60||9.88||18.29||7.14||8.40||10.51||15.15||12.29|
|Vitamin C (mg)||0.00||0.00||0.00||0.00||0.00||0.00||0.00||0.00|
|Pantothenic Acid (mg)||0.28||1.23||1.05||0.42||0.85||1.35||1.46||0.95|
|Vitamin B6 (mg)||0.26||0.21||0.34||0.61||0.38||0.12||0.29||0.37|
|Vitamin B12 (mcg)||0.00||0.00||0.00||0.00||0.00||0.00||0.00||0.00|
|Vitamin A (IU)||22.00||0.00||8.57||211.90||0.00||0.00||11.83||8.33|
|Vitamin E (mg)||0.02||0.06||0.48||0.06||0.85||1.00|
|Vitamin K (mcg)||2.20||2.00||0.24||1.00||5.92||1.88|
|Saturated Fat (g)||0.24||0.74||0.23||0.66||0.72||1.22||0.20||0.28|
|Mono Fat (g)||0.15||1.04||0.17||1.24||0.77||2.18||0.21||0.20|
|Poly Fat (g)||0.56||1.04||0.54||2.14||2.13||2.54||0.77||0.75|
Water made from barley is a fabulous thirst quencher, and has been a traditional drink mixed with lemon juice, for quenching the thirst when playing sport such as tennis. Barely water is given to sick people and is also useful as a general tonic and for stimulating the appetite. Barley water has also been a traditionally used to cleanse the kidneys. Barely water can be easily prepared by boiling about one part of barley in 15 parts of water and simmering till the volume decreases by about one third.
Lemon Barley water is a traditional refreshing summer thirst-quencher and tonic.
Wash the barley thoroughly in a sieve by rinsing with cold water until the water runs clear. Transfer the barley in a saucepan and add the grated lemon zest, grated ginger and 6 cups of water. Over high heat, bring the mixture to the boil and then lower the heat to provide a gentle simmer. Continue simmering for 10-15 minutes. Strain the mixture through a very fine sieve or a cloth suspended in a sieve to remove the barley and other pieces. Add the honey to the warm liquid and stir to dissolve. Add the lemon juice, mix well and set aside to cool to room temperature. Transfer to storage bottles and refrigerate. Serve chilled with ice. One of the most refreshing drinks imaginable.