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Barley provides a range of important vitamins and minerals:  fiber, selenium, B vitamins, copper, chromium, phosphorus, magnesium, niacin, and more. And when compared to many other grains, even other ancient whole-grains, barley is lower in fat and calories, but higher in dietary fiber and certain trace minerals. For example a one-cup serving of cooked barley has less calories, but more fiber.

To get the most benefits from barley nutrition, it’s recommended that you first soak and sprout hulled uncooked barley grains, or you can choose to buy sprouted barley flour for baking. Sprouting whole grains helps to unleash their nutrients, so that the body can actually absorb and use the various vitamins and minerals found within the grain.

Barley Pearls is similar to wheat in its caloric, protein, vitamin and mineral content, though some varieties are higher in lysine.[3]It is used mainly in soups, stews, and potages. It is the primary ingredient of the Italian dish orzotto.

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