What's the big deal about Barley Grass?

All About Barley Grass

One of the power green superfoods, barley grass has gained popularity in recent years as a detoxifier and neutralizer. Unlike the fully mature barley grain, the fact that the early grass shoots are gluten-free has also added to its popularity. But those are just the beginning of the benefits of this superfood. In this post, we’ll take a closer look at why this superfood is worth including in your daily food routine.  

How is Barley Grass Grown?

Barley grass is the early growth of barley, harvested before the leaf grows into barley grain. It is a cereal grain of the grass family and one of the most cultivated cereals in the world. It is mainly used to ferment beer and other distilled alcoholic drinks common in Europe and Asia in temperate climates, and it is becoming a common crop in North Africa as well. Although it is a domesticated plant, barley can also thrive in the wild. 

The ear of the barley is long and flexible, so it is easy to plant and grow, even at varied elevations or in areas where the soil is poor. It is usually planted in autumn and collected in summer although some barley varieties are grown in spring because they are sensitive to low temperatures. Capturing all the nutritional benefits of barley grass requires tricky harvest timing, as it must be harvested early and dried at a very low temperature to keep all of its nutrients.

History of Barley Grass:

The cultivation of barley grass is very old and goes back thousands of years in Egyptian, Greek and Chinese civilizations.

 The use of barley grass for medicinal purposes dates back to 7,000 BC when records first show that the grass was grown as a crop. It was then used to treat a variety of illnesses, including blood and liver problems.

For much of history, it was the main cereal used to create bread. It was the foundation of food for the Greek people, and is mentioned in texts such as those of Homer or Plato. The Romans adopted much of their diet from their conquered people, including the Greeks, and they used it as the basis of the gladiator diet. After Antiquity, barley grass lost relevance to wheat and was considered a food more typical of livestock than of people, although it was still consumed in the times when wheat was scarce and when the potato had not yet arrived in Europe.

Barley Grass Fun Facts:

  • Barley grass is an important crop in Tibet since other cereals do not handle the cold temperatures of the region. In addition to being a key part of the diet, barley grass is also used in Buddhist rituals such as anniversaries, birthdays or funerals.
  • Roasted barley was used as a coffee substitute during the First and Second World Wars in Italy. While this use was originally born out of scarcity, it is increasingly being used as a coffee substitute today by health foodies, since it doesn't contain caffeine, which makes it healthier compared to traditionally used coffees.
  • Although the processed barley grain has gluten, barley grass is safe for anyone who cannot have gluten because the grass is cut before the plant has started to create gluten components.

 What are the benefits of Barley Grass?

There are so many fantastic benefits of barley grass. Like all superfoods, consuming barley grass is not a magic cure-all for ailments, but regular consumption of barley grass has been proven to have a variety of benefits, including:

  • It improves the health of people who suffer from type 2 diabetes
  • It reduces the generation of toxins in the body
  • Improves skin health
  • Reduces cholesterol
  • Can aid loss weight
  • Prevents asthma
  • Repairs DNA
  • Prevents osteoporosis
  • Supports immune system
  • Is a natural detoxifier
  • Protects against UV radiation
  • Helps fights addiction
  • Reduces excess of acidity to helps digestion

How to consume Barley Grass:

Although the fully grown barley cereal can be consumed in many different ways, the grass is a bit more finicky. It rapidly loses its quality nutrients shortly after harvesting so dried powder form is one of the most popular ways to include barley grass in your diet.

 

Barley Grass nutrition facts 

 

Per 100g

Nutrients

Quantity

Calories

262 Cal

Total Fat

-Saturated

0.2 g

-0.1 g

Cholesterol

0 g

Sodium

0.6 g

Fiber

54 g

Total Carbs:

-Sugar

16 g

-5.8 g

Protein

22 g

Percentage of other nutrients

Vitamins:

-C

 

24mg

Calcium

2.2 g

Iron

59 mg

Chlorophyll

513 mg

Titamin

4.4 mg

Rivoflavin

1.2 mg

 

Want to an easy way to add barley grass to your diet? Try our Top Health Organic Superfood Powder mix. 

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