The Herbs of Smoothie Essentials: Barley Grass

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Barley (Hordeum vulgare L.) [1][2] a member of the grass family, is a major cereal grain. Important uses include use as animal fodder, as a source of fermentable material for beer and certain distilled beverages, and as a component of various health foods. It is used in soups and stews, and in barley bread of various cultures. Barley grains are commonly made into malt in a traditional and ancient method of preparation.

In a 2007 ranking of cereal crops in the world, barley was fourth both in terms of quantity produced (136 million tons) and in area of cultivation (566,000 km²).[3]

Like wheat and rye, barley contains gluten, which makes it an unsuitable grain for consumption by those with celiac disease. [1]

Barley contains eight essential amino acids. [4][5] According to a
recent study, eating whole-grain barley can regulate blood sugar (i.e. reduce
blood glucose response to a meal) for up to 10 hours after consumption compared
to white or even whole-grain wheat, which have similar glycemic
indices.[36] The effect was attributed to colonic fermentation of indigestible carbohydrates.

[1] http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Barley

[2] Natural Health
Products Ingredients Database: http://webprod.hc-sc.gc.ca/nhpid-bdipsn/ingredReq.do?id=13118&lang=eng

[3] “FAOSTAT”. Food and
Agriculture Organization of the United Nations. Retrieved 2009-05-18.

[4] Womens-health-symmetry.com

[5] Essentialfood.co.uk

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About Smoothie Essentials - ShelleRae

Welcome! I am ShelleRae and I am very excited you are here. I joined the Smoothie Essentials team about 5 years ago now. Always health conscious and into prevention versus medication it seemed natural when the opportunity came up to take on the creation of this blog and the MatchaGT blog as well. As mother to three and surrogate to many more I've practiced much of what I write on sometimes with great success and other times with a bit less. My friends and family are my test kitchen and my facts are most often from WebMD - they seem to have a fairly accurate and conservative approach. The Smoothie Essentials product is a line of boosts that add functionality to one's daily foods without adding flavor or colors. (except for MatchaGT and green blend) making it easy to "hide" them from the finicky eaters we all know and love. From stirring them into yogurts, smoothies, frappes and even juice drinks it all come out with the original flavor being center star.. My inspiration comes from others who also are striving to live a better life through lifestyle changes. More information is available at www.SmoothieEssentials.com or by emailing shelley@juicesolutions.com

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