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The Health Benefits of Pearl Barley

In these days of food enlightenment, people are broadening their culinary repertoire and many for health reasons are trying the ever expanding list of “New Foods” available to the consumer. One of these “New Foods” is in reality one that our Grandmothers would have used quite routinely, Pearl Barley (Hordeum distichon) A staple of our grandmother's’ larder it would routinely be added to soups and stews to thicken and add texture. It was also used as a “Health Drink” a nutritive and demulcent drink in febrile conditions and in catarrhal affections of the respiratory and urinary organs(Grieve 2016) Some studies have shown that Barley may also have an effect on cholesterol levels. A recent Swed

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