Barley Helps Improve Blood Sugar Levels, Reduce Appetite
According to a study by Lund University, Barley can reduce blood sugar levels as well as reduce people’s appetite. This helps reduce the risk for diabetes and cardiovascular disease respectively.
One researcher remarked, “It is surprising, yet promising, that choosing the right blend of dietary fibers can – in a short period of time – generate such remarkable health benefits.”
The study was comprised of healthy middle-aged individuals that were asked to eat bread largely made out of barley kernels for three days. The participants were examined 11-14 hours after their final meal of the day.
The researchers found their metabolism improved for up to 14 hours. Additionally, they saw decreases in blood sugar and insulin levels, increases in insulin sensitivity and improved appetite control.
“The effects arise when the special mixture of dietary fibers in barley kernel reaches the gut, stimulating the increase of good bacteria and the release of important hormones.”
For more information, read the full study.