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Barley

If you're tired of eating brown rice with many of your meals, instead consider opting for barley instead.  Barley is full of good nutrients and will offer a nice nutty flavor, making it a great addition to your main meal or eaten alone as a side dish instead.

Let's look at some of the top health benefits that barley has to offer.

Protects Against Atherosclerosis

The first benefit that comes from barley is that it's a rich source of niacin, which is a B vitamin that is going to help keep your cardiovascular system healthy and will help to protect against the development of atherosclerosis.

Eating a steady intake of niacin rich foods can help to reduce the total amount of cholesterol in the body and tilt the good cholesterol higher than the bad, thus really putting you in a healthier overall state.

Can Help Prevent Type 2 Diabetes

A second big benefit to adding more barley in your day is that it will help to reduce the risk of developing type 2 diabetes.  Since this disease is brought on from eating far too many simple carbohydrates that spike the blood glucose levels, by swapping out some of those carbs for barley instead, which digests very slowly in the body you can gain control over your blood sugar and maintain steadier energy levels.

Barley also contains many enzymes that help with insulin secretion in the body, which is also a key hormone that plays an important role for managing the blood glucose levels.

Reduces The Risk Of Gallstones

Finally, the last big benefit that regular barley consumption has is that it can reduce your risk of developing gallstones as well.  Since this food is very rich in fiber content that will slow down the speed at which it moves through the intestines thus there will be a lower overall level of bile secretion present at any given moment.

It's when food is rapidly passing through the digestive tract and an overabundance of bile is secreted that gallstone formation can take place.

So whether you want to swap out your brown rice at dinner or exchange your oatmeal in the morning, barley provides a nice change of pace that will offer numerous health benefits.

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