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Date:9/12/2007

SPOKANE, Wash., Sept. 12 /PRNewswire/ -- Looking for an easy way to power up fall and winter meals with the goodness of grains? Think barley! This centuries-old favorite is a smart choice when it comes to good eating and good health.

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The National Barley Foods Council reminds consumers that barley suits all kinds of culinary tastes and styles. An economical ingredient with a nutty flavor and pleasant chewy texture, this wholesome grain has found its way to the starring role in sweet and savory dishes such as sides, salads and entrees. Visit http://www.barleyfoods.org for more serving ideas.

Barley's nutritional attributes are just as impressive as its culinary characteristics. The grain is low in total fat, saturated fat and sodium. It's also cholesterol-free and a good source for several vitamins and minerals. When it comes to fiber content, barley is a hands-down winner. It's an excellent source of dietary fiber, containing both soluble and insoluble fiber.

Eating barley as part of a healthy diet helps reduce the risk of heart disease. Clinical studies conducted at the USDA Agricultural Research Services Human Nutrition Research Center, Beltsville, MD confirm that eating whole grain barley or dry milled (processed) barley products that provide at least 3 grams of beta-glucan soluble fiber per day is effective in lowering total and LDL cholesterol and reducing the risk of heart disease.

Studies also show that eating barley may help maintain blood sugar levels which may be beneficial in preventing or managing type 2 diabetes. As a fiber-rich food, barley may also promote a feeling of fullness and protect against obesity.

Unlike some other grains, barley contains fiber throughout the entire kernel and not just in the outer bran l
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