Barley is a fairly ancient grain crop. In the old days, they made porridge from it, baked flat cakes, made kvass and beer. Currently, two types of cereals are produced from barley - barley and pearl barley.
Barley is made from unpolished crushed barley, so it contains more fiber. In the production of pearl barley, whole grains are peeled and polished. Barley is used for the preparation of liquid and viscous cereals, pearl barley - for viscous and crumbly cereals. Barley cereals contain valuable carbohydrates, fiber, proteins, essential amino acids, including lysine. They include vitamins A, E, D, PP, the entire group of vitamin B, as well as zinc, iodine, calcium, copper, silicon, iron. 100 g of the product contains 10.3 g of proteins, 2.4 g of fat, 56.4 g of carbohydrates, the calorie content is 288 kcal.
Regular consumption of barley porridge helps to cleanse the intestines from perennial accumulations of toxins, toxins and other harmful substances. It prevents viruses from entering the bloodstream, gives the body energy, improves overall tone, and lowers blood sugar levels. The dish has a low glycemic index, it is useful to use it in case of diabetes mellitus. Choline found in barley helps to regulate the level of insulin in the blood, improves kidney function, and prevents fatty liver. Barley porridge is very good for the heart. The lysine in the product helps maintain myocardial health.
Barley porridge contains a large amount of natural fiber (beta-glucan). This substance helps fight harmful cholesterol, improves the functioning of the immune system. It is the strongest antioxidant, prevents premature aging of the body, improves immunity. Due to the content of B vitamins, barley or pearl barley porridge has a positive effect on brain activity, therefore it is recommended to include it in the diet of schoolchildren and students. This dish helps to strengthen memory and nervous system.
Barley porridge is useful for joint diseases, such as arthritis. Due to the silicon content, this product helps to strengthen cartilage, bone tissue, which is very important for the health of the elderly, as well as for the development of the child's body. Barley porridge has the ability to envelop the walls of the stomach and heal wounds on its walls, so it is recommended for people with gastritis, ulcers in the gastrointestinal tract. This dish will undoubtedly benefit bodybuilders: it helps to build muscle mass. It is also useful for those who want to lose weight, since this product is absorbed by the body for a long time, which excludes snacks between meals. Losing weight is recommended to cook porridge without additional ingredients: milk, sauces, meat.