Barley Q & A

Q: I know that dietary fiber should be an important part of my daily diet. But I worry that high fiber foods may add up to a lot of extra calories. Is this true?

A: Many foods that are excellent sources of fiber, such as barley, legumes (lentils, beans, peas), fruits and vegetables are actually lower in calories than many other foods because these fiber-rich foods contain little or no fat. And as an added bonus, fiber-rich foods tend to take longer to digest, making you feel fuller longer. This in turn may lessen the likelihood of overeating.