Hulled Barley: Healthy Natural Appetite Suppressant
Before I get into all the health benefits of hulled barely, I’m going to cut right to the chase. I lost weight without even trying after just a few days of eating hulled barely. Have I got your attention now:) More on that in a moment.
According to Dr Oz, hulled barley is a healthy, an all-natural appetite suppressant that can help you lose weight and help curb cravings. Hulled barley is not the typical barley you normally find in the grocery store (see further below for where to buy), that stuff is much more processed, so that by the time you get it, most of the really good stuff (the fiber) is gone.
Hulled barely, rather, is minimally processed for optimum health benefits and higher fiber content. It’s inexpensive, filling and much healthier than other carbs for the whole family. So you should use it as a substitute for rice or potatoes or pasta.
Hulled barley has the most fiber of any whole grain. Once I learned that, I was like, “Why would I want to eat anything else then?”. If you are either health conscious or weight conscious, I suspect you’ll have the same response.
It expands in your stomach and is digested slowly, making you feel full for longer. It helps your stool pass more easily and may even have anti-diabetes and anti-obesity properties. It stabilizes your blood sugar, keeping it 20-30% lower than many other grains for up to 10 hours, which reduces blood sugar swings that cause cravings.
It decreases bad cholesterol and increases the good cholesterol, and consuming it regularly lowers your risk of heart disease.
What’s not to love here?
And I’m sure you are wondering: No, its not icky to eat. Not at all. I love the stuff. Enjoy the taste and texture more than brown rice. I guess because it feels so much more substantial in my mouth (and in my tummy:)
Where to Buy Hulled Barley:
When I first heard about hulled barely for weight loss I wanted to try it immediately, not only for its weight loss/ weight management benefits, but because its so healthy, it would fit so well into the clean eating lifestyle my husband and I are loving so much. It provides another really healthy option for replacing less healthy carbs like potatoes, white rice, pasta, etc.
However I could not find it in the groceries stores, so I immediately checked the online health supplement/ health food store where I buy all my supplements (iHerb.com) , and sure enough, they’ve got it, and I was pleased to see how incredibly inexpensive it is. You can get a discount at iHerb (on anything in their store) with the following coupon code: POP080 – just enter the code at checkout time.
How to Prepare Hulled Barley:
Soak it overnight to soften it, then you cook it like cooking rice, but it takes about one hour to cook. Make a big pot of it once a week and use it all week long.
How to Use Hulled Barley:
- Replace fast carbs like rice or potatoes with half a cup of hulled barley.
- Use it to make a hot cereal, chili or put it in soup.