Barley is a superfood!
Rediscovering the Old Food: Swedish researchers have found that barley is not only good for your body, but also prevents common lifestyle-related diseases.
The fiber in barley makes all the difference.
How healthy is barley?
Scientists at the University of Lund made a surprising discovery when they took a closer look at the tiny grains. Barley makes you feel hungry and lowers blood sugar levels. This reduces the risk of diabetes and coronary artery disease. It can demonstrate health effects in just 3 days of ingestion. According to the researchers, this is due to the specific dietary fiber contained in barley.
“It is surprising and promising that choosing the right dietary fiber can have such a significant impact on health in such a short time,” said Anne Nilsson, research lead at The Daily Mail.
For the study, the researchers asked middle-aged people to eat bread containing 85% barley for three days. i.e. morning, noon, evening. 11 hours after the last meal of the day, each study participant was screened for signs of diabetes and coronary heart disease.
Barley improves metabolism.
Researchers found that the subjects’ metabolism improved for up to 14 hours. They had lower blood sugar levels, lower insulin levels, and increased insulin sensitivity. This meant that insulin worked more efficiently again. In addition, subjects are less hungry.
According to researchers, when the fiber in barley enters the intestine, a magical effect occurs, stimulating the growth of “good” bacteria and stimulating the release of important digestive hormones. One of these hormones helps reduce chronic inflammation.
How well barley affects health also depends on a person’s gut flora. People who already have only a few “good” bacteria, also called Prevotella copri, benefit less. Nevertheless, their propagation is stimulated.
If you want to try it out, put barley soup on the table again, or use it as a substitute for grains or rice in salads. However, drinking more beer is not included. There, alcohol destroys the health-promoting effects of barley. (GSC)