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Eat more barley for better cholesterol

I was impressed with the results of this study that showed people who eat barley have much lower cholesterol than those who don’t.

My first thoughts were, ‘what is barley?’ and ‘how can I eat more of it?’. :) Barley is a whole-grain food which is very high in soluble fiber – higher than brown rice! It is used to make foods such as bread, cookies, soups and pilafs. Malting barley is also an ingredient for whiskey and beer.

Video: Vegetable Beef Barley Soup

I found a lot of delicious recipes on line for different healthy (and not so healthy!) barley risottos and soups. This recipe shows that cooking with barley can be quick and easy.

The barley and cholesterol study

U.S. researchers analyzed eight studies with 391 participants to evaluate the affect of eating barley on cholesterol levels over a short 4 week period.

The results. The researchers found that those people who ate barley regularly, had the following significant reductions in cholesterol, compared to those who didn’t eat barley:

  • Total cholesterol was lowered by 13 mg/dL
  • LDL cholesterol was lowered by 10 mg/dL
  • triglycerides were lowered by 12 mg/dL

The researchers commented that barley contains the same type of soluble fiber as oats and psyllium which have been shown to reduce cholesterol and the risk of coronary heart disease. This cholesterol lowering soluble fiber is not found in wheat or rice.

The study was published in the Annals of Family Medicine.

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