Barley Is Good for Your
Good for Diabetics as well as colon cleansing.....
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High in fibre, barley is also a kidney cleanser . Better yet, regular
intake of it helps prevent heart disease.
EU KHAW writes :-
BARLEY water was always a regular drink when we were still living at
home. Whenever we had to go for a medical exam that included a urine test,
my mum would make us drink barley water a day before it to make sure we
got a positive result!
My mother was a wise woman. I later found out from an Australian naturopath
that barley is known to be a kidney cleanser, and he happily downed glasses
of it at a meal we had in a coffeeshop here.
Barley is good for your intestinal health too. Try to eat the barley
grains you find in your drink or sweet broth with fu chook (beancurd skin)
and ginkgo nuts.
It's high in fibre which feeds the friendly bacteria in the colon and
helps speed up the transit of fecal matter in it. In this way it helps
prevent haemorrhoids and colon cancer. The propionic acid and beta glucan
from barley's insoluble fibre also help lower cholesterol and prevent the
formation of gallstones.
Eating barley regularly is a preventive step against heart disease
as, besides the fibre content, it is also high in niacin, a B vitamin good
for lowering cholesterol.
Diabetics should eat more barley as the fibre will prevent blood sugar
levels from rising too high. It also provides relief from constipation
or diarrhoea for those suffering from Irritable Bowel Syndrome.
Barley is rich in selenium which prevents cancer and relieves symptoms
of asthma and arthritis. It is a good source of manganese, copper and phosphorous.
Malt sugar comes from sprouted barley which, when fermented, is an ingredient
in beer and other alcoholic beverages.
Barley, whose Latin name is Hordeum vulgare, has been cultivated for
more than 10,000 years. Since ancient times, barley has been used for healing
purposes and has been known to the Chinese, Egyptians, Greeks and Romans.
Athletes in Greece and Rome in those days were known to eat barley bread
to give them strength.
Besides the usual things we do with barley, I enjoy having it
in a western soup. The larger pearl barley is used and I love the sticky
bite of it.
Here's a recipe for barley soup:-
Barley soup with roasted garlic
1 cup pearl barley
5 cloves whole garlic,
roasted 2 litres chicken stock,
steeped from 1 chicken breasts simmered in 3 litres water
2 tbsps vegetable oil
2 large onions,
diced 2 carrots,
diced 2 stalks celery,
diced 150g turkey ham,
cut up 1 tsp ground white pepper
1 tsps sea salt or
to taste 1 tbsp chopped parsley
1. Wash barley and soak it in a bowl of water for three hours. Drain.
2. Heat oil in pan & fry onions. Add carrots & celery, then
the barley & fry for 3 minutes.
3. Add chicken stock, pepper & roasted garlic, simmer over low
heat for at least 1 hour, or until barley is soft.
4. Add salt to taste and serve the soup garnished with chopped parsley.
Barley with lime is my favourite drink (No ice and no sugar).
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