Pearl Barley: Health Benefits And Harms

Pearl barley is made from barley, one of the oldest plants cultivated on earth. There are many reasons to include it in our diet. First of all, barley contains a significant amount of protein, iron, and most importantly fiber, all of which are helpful for digestion. Scientists recommend eating barley every day; cook porridge, soups, and stews, add to salads and bake bread from barley flour. Let us find out more.

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The health benefits of barley

  • Barley contains several vitamins, minerals, and other beneficial plant components. It contains zinc, selenium, copper, manganese, iron, iodine, chromium, nickel, potassium, calcium, and other useful substances. Barley is rich in vitamins of group B, A, D, E, H, and PP.
  • Pearl barley is high in fiber, which reduces hunger and prolongs satiety. It can even promote weight loss.
  • The cell in the barley helps to improve digestion.
  • Pearl barley is recommended for the prevention of arthritis and arthrosis.
  • Barley prevents stones in the gallbladder, contributing to the normal functioning gallbladder and reducing surgery risk.
  • Pearl barley helps to reduce the level of "bad" cholesterol in the blood and cleanse blood vessels and normalize blood pressure.
  • Barley is useful for preventing type 2 diabetes.
  • Fiber and other beneficial compounds found in barley may fight some cancers, especially colon cancer.
  • Barley improves the health of skin and hair and restores metabolic processes, saturating cells with oxygen.
  • Barley is useful in diseases of the genitourinary and urinary systems.

Barley's harm to health

  • Barley contains gluten, so it should be avoided by anyone allergic or intolerant to cereals.
  • Groats are not recommended for people who have diseases of the gastrointestinal tract. For example, barley cannot be eaten with high acidity.
  • During pregnancy, barley can negatively affect the body when its excessive use is observed.

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How to cook barley

Pearl Barley: Health Benefits And Harms
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Cooking time.

  • Approximately 3 hours


  • 1 glass of cereal
  • 3 glasses of water

Cooking method.

  1. Sort the groats, wash, and cover with water for several hours.
  2. Drain, rinse, and place in a cooking container.
  3. Add water at the rate - 1 glass of cereal to 3 glasses of water.
  4. Place on medium heat and cook for about 50 minutes.
  5. Be sure to try when the pearl barley becomes soft - it's done.

Adapted and translated by The Cop Cart Staff

Sources: Today Lifestyle