Published On: Sat, Feb 13th, 2016

Barley can reduce appetite and blood sugar levels


A new study has found that consuming a particular combination of dietary fibres which is available in barley can help in decreasing appetite and blood sugar levels.

Researchers of the study stated that barley can also quickly develop people’s health by minimizing the danger of cardiovascular disease.

Anne Nilsson from Lund University in Sweden stated that “It is surprising yet promising that choosing the right blend of dietary fibres can — in a short period of time — generate such remarkable health benefits,”

Almost 11-14 hours later than their concluding meal of the day, participants were tested for danger markers of diabetes and cardiovascular disease.

The research study was organized with healthy middle-aged participants and it was said to them to eat the bread which is largely made out of barley kernels (up to 85 percent) for three days, at breakfast, lunch and dinner.

The researchers of the study discovered that the participants’ metabolism gets better for up to 14 hours, with extra advantages, for example, reduction in blood sugar and insulin levels, enlargement in insulin sensitivity and enhanced appetite control.

The researchers of the study stated that the impacts grow up when the particular combination of dietary fibres in barley kernel reaches the gut, inspiring the enlargement of good bacteria and the discharge of vital hormones.

Anne Nilsson stated that “After eating the bread made out of barley kernel, we saw an increase in gut hormones that regulate metabolism and appetite, and an increase in a hormone that helps reduce chronic low-grade inflammation, among the participants. In time, this could help prevent the occurrence of both cardiovascular disease and diabetes,”

The objective is also to encourage the more people to employ barley in meals, for instance in salads, soups, stews, or as a substitute to rice or potatoes.

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Sidra Muntaha

- Sidra Tul Muntaha is a journalist (MA-Mass Communication and M.Phil in Mass Communication) based in Lahore. She is working as an editor at fashion, style and entertainment in the section of the Kooza. She writes fashion and entertainment articles for The Kooza News.