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November 2012 Issue

Barley Bulks Up Fiber

Barley (Hordeum vulgare) is the fourth largest grain crop in the world after wheat, rice and corn, but only two percent is produced for food products. Most is grown for animal feed and malt, which is used to produce beer. The whole grain, hulled barley is most nutritious because it retains the bran. However, pearled barley, where some or all of its bran is removed, is most common. Both forms are nutrient dense and high in fiber. One half cup of cooked pearled barley serves up 12 percent Daily Value (% DV, based on 2,000 calories per day) of heart healthy dietary fiber, and 10% DV of the minerals manganese and selenium.

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