Scientific Name: Hordeum vulgare
Common Name: barley
Barley is one of the oldest cultivated cereal grains in the grass family, is used as a livestock feed and in foods (e.g. cereals and soups) for human consumption. Barley is also converted into malt for brewing, distilling, and various other products (e.g. malted milk).
Barley is an excellent food choice for those concerned about type 2 diabetes or pre-diabetes because the grain contains essential vitamins and minerals and is an excellent source of dietary fiber, particularly b-glucan soluble fiber.
Research shows that barley beta-glucan soluble fiber promotes healthy blood sugar by slowing glucose absorption.