6 Surprising Superfoods

Barley

Barley is a high-quality, whole-grain carb that boasts all the power-properties of oats, but has none of the heart-health fame. Research shows that people who regularly consume whole grains are at lower risk for heart disease and high blood pressure. This should come as no surprise, as whole grains are loaded with heart-smart ingredients like fiber, vitamins, minerals and antioxidants. The fiber in barley also helps stabilize your blood-sugar levels, which can help to keep mood and energy levels stable. To maximize the health benefits, make sure to pick up “hulled” or “hull-less” barley, not the more common pearled barley, which has some of the bran removed and is therefore not a whole grain. Add this nutty grain to any vegetable soup recipe for a fiber-full, flavorful meal.

 

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