Barley is the latest in a long line of foods to be hailed a 'superfood'. The grain could hold the key to improving heart health, experts believe.
They found eating barley or foods containing the grain significantly reduced levels of so-called 'bad' cholesterol.
High cholesterol is a known risk factor for cardiovascular disease, increasing a person's risk of heart attack and stroke. The study also indicated that barley has similar cholesterol-lowering effects as oats, which is often the go-to grain for health benefits.
Barley reduced both low-density lipoprotein, or LDL, and non-high-density lipoprotein, or non-HDL, by seven per cent, researchers at St Michael's Hospital in Toronto. Their findings are the result of a review of 14 studies on clinical trials conducted across seven countries, including Canada.
Source - Daily Mail