Hulled Barley Fact Sheet

Get control of your eating habits and stop packing on pounds with this heart-friendly natural appetite suppressant.

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If your ravenous appetite is keeping you from shedding pounds and eating healthy, here's one creative solution you may not have heard of. Hulled barley, a minimally-processed whole grain that has had only the outermost inedible hull removed, is an all-natural appetite suppressant that can help curb cravings without leaving you wanting.

How Does It Work?

  • It fills you up. Hulled barley has the most fiber of any whole grain. The fiber in hulled barley expands in your stomach and is digested slowly, making you feel fuller for longer. Because the resistant starch and fiber are also are not fully digested, they can also help your stool pass more easily and may even have anti-diabetes and anti-obesity actions.
  • It stabilizes your blood sugar. Studies have shown that hulled barley can keep your post-meal blood sugar 20-30% lower than many other grains. These effects may last up to 10 hours and help reduce blood sugar swings that can trigger cravings.  

What Else Can Hulled Barley Do?

  • It can lower cholesterol. The fiber in hulled barley is high in beta glucan, which can help lower cholesterol. One small study showed that people with high cholesterol who added barley to their diets experienced increases in the heart-healthy types of cholesterol and decreases in dangerous types of cholesterol.
  • It can lower heart disease risk. A study of nearly 10,000 Americans found that those who ate the most fiber had 12% lower rates of coronary heart disease.
  • It can give you healthy doses of protein, iron and calcium.

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