The grain with heart and soul

Ah barley!  How do we love this grain?  Let’s count the ways.

Barley lowers cholesterol and reduces the risk of coronary heart disease
The US Food and Drug Administration recently authorized use of a health claim for the role of beta-glucan soluble fiber from barley in reducing the risk of coronary heart disease.  The ruling was based on scientific evidence from clinical trials that reported significantly lower serum total and LDL cholesterol levels in people who consumed diets in which whole grain barley and dry milled barley products replaced wheat and rice ingredients.  For more information about the FDA health claim, click here.  For more information on barley clinical trials, click here.

Barley offers plenty of whole grain goodness
The 2005 Guidelines for Americans recommend including 3 servings of whole grains in the diet everyday.  Lightly pearled barley, hulled barley and hulless barley, along with barley flour, flakes and grits produced from these products all offer plenty of whole grain goodness wherever they’re used.   

Barley is a versatile grain
Barley is a natural for all-day dining.  Enjoy this heart-healthy grain for breakfast, lunch and dinner.  For serving ideas, click here.

Our favorite grain plays well with others
Barley offers a delicious nutty flavor that combines beautifully with a host of ingredients.  Use it to add heart-healthy fiber to a whole host of sweet and savory recipes.

Barley is easy on the pocketbook
Use this economical grain to s-t-r-e-t-c-h family favorites such as soups, stews, casseroles, salads, meatloaf, meatballs and more.

Barley is easy to find
Barley is readily available in most supermarkets around the country.  Pearl barley is typically found next to dry beans, lentils and rice.  In addition, barley flakes and barley grits may be found in the ready-to-eat and hot cereal section of the supermarket.  Pearl barley, barley flour and barley flakes may also be found in bulk bins in supermarkets as well as health and specialty food stores.  

You can dress it up or dress it down
From sophisticated entrees to simple sides, this grain does it all.  Check out Let’s Eat for a collection of delicious barley recipes.  We’re sure you’ll find several that suit your culinary style.  Bon appetite!