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Barley, a member of the grass family, is a major cereal grain. It was one of the first cultivated grains and is now grown widely. Barley grain is a staple in Tibetan cuisine and was eaten widely by peasants in Medieval Europe (Wikipedia, nd).

Allergy Alert:

A barley allergy is an adverse reaction by the body’s immune system to barley or food containing barley. The body’s immune system produces immunoglobulin E and histamine in response to contact with the allergen. The specific symptoms that can result can vary considerably amongst patients from a severe anaphylactic reaction to asthma, abdominal symptoms, eczema or headache (Healthgrades, nd).

Common Uses:

Considered a whole grain, dehulled barley still has its bran and germ, making it a nutritious and popular health foodPearl barley (or pearled barley) is dehulled barley which has been steam processed further to remove the bran (Wikipedia, nd).

Amount Per 1 cup (184 g)
Calories 651
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 4.2 g 6%
Saturated fat 0.9 g 4%
Polyunsaturated fat 2 g
Monounsaturated fat 0.5 g
Cholesterol 0 mg 0%
Sodium 22 mg 0%
Potassium 832 mg 23%
Total Carbohydrate 135 g 45%
Dietary fiber 32 g 128%
Sugar 1.5 g
Protein 23 g 46%
Vitamin A 0% Vitamin C 0%
Calcium 6% Iron 36%
Vitamin D 0 µg Vitamin B-6 30%
Vitamin B-12 0% Magnesium 61%

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