Barley: properties and benefits

Barley ( Hordeum vulgare  or Hordeum sativum ) is a plant that belongs to the family of  grasses . With remineralizing and anti-inflammatory properties.Italy is one of the major producers of this cereal , whose cultivation is facilitated by the climatic adaptability of this plant.

Calories and nutrition facts of barley

The composition of barley is very similar to that of maize, however it differs in the greater protein content and the lower lipid content. 65/70% is made up of carbohydrates. 

Furthermore, for every 100 g of this product, we have:

  • Water 12.2 g
  • Carbohydrates 70.5 g
  • Sugars 0 g
  • Protein 10.4 g
  • Fat 1.4 g
  • Cholesterol 0 g
  • Total fiber 9.2 g
  • Sodium 3 mg
  • Potassium 120 mg
  • Iron 0.7 mg
  • Calcium 14 mg
  • Phosphorus 189 mg
  • Vitamin B1 0.09 mg
  • Vitamin B2 0.08 mg
  • Vitamin B3 3.1 mg
  • Vitamin A 0 µg
  • Vitamin C 0 mg

Barley: nutritional properties

Barley, is high in fiber, source of valuable minerals, especially potassium, phosphorus, vitamins are more present in the B group, especially niacin, thiamin, pyridoxine, and folates.

One of the main benefits offered by barley coffee is certainly the absence of caffeine, which makes it a solution highly appreciated by those who suffer from hypertension and need a morning drink that does not affect blood pressure.

Barley coffee is also associated with a blood glucose control action , which makes this drink beneficial for those suffering from hyperglycaemia.

The absence of cholesterol is another of the points in favor of barley coffee, which also lends itself to consumption by many of the people suffering from metabolic or food pathologies, except for those suffering from celiac disease, since the barley contains gluten.

A certain caution in taking this drink, however, comes from the presence of acrylamide, a toxic substance if taken in high quantities and present in all “roasted” products (including also the classic coffee). Limiting yourself to one cup of tea a day of barley coffee is generally considered a safe threshold.

Contraindications and side effects of barley

Barley contains gluten, therefore it is not indicated in those suffering from celiac disease. For the rest, it does not present particular contraindications. The only trick: do not overdo the quantities because excessive consumption can cause meteorism.


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