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The Cheapest Health Food You Aren’t Eating


Desiree Nielsen is a registered dietitian and nutrition operations manager for a small chain of organic and natural food stores in Vancouver, Canada. Passionate about plant-based diets for more vibrant health, Desiree believes that food should not only nourish your body but also feed the soul. When she isn’t chasing around after her toddler, Desiree is a sought-after speaker and blogger.

A staple of traditional cuisine, Barley is an inexpensive (a 4 lb bag can cost as little as $4-$7) yet highly nutritious grain. Usually relegated to the dustiest of bulk bins, barley is an anti inflammatory superstar that serves as an ideal substitute for rice, pasta or couscous when following Dr. Perricone’s 3 Tier Approach to healthy aging. Some benefits include:

  • Feel fuller, faster: Early research has shown that when the indigestible parts of barley are fermented in the gut, hormones called GLP-1 may assist in lowering blood sugars and improving feelings of satiety (aka, helping you feel satisfied on less food).
  • Stabilize blood sugar & lower cholesterol: The soluble fibre in barley helps keep blood sugars in check by slowing down the rate at which sugars are absorbed into the blood stream. It helps lower blood cholesterol by binding it in the gut and carrying it out of your system.
  • Boost energy levels: Barley is rich in the trace minerals manganese and copper and anti-oxidant selenium, which is a co-factor for the anti-oxidant enzyme glutathione peroxidase – just what you need to keep that energy flowing!

Stay tuned for tomorrow’s barely recipe. What are your barely preparation tips or recipes?

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