Barley v. Oatmeal

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CrazyEyesMcG...

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Posted: 19 Oct 2010, 21:39
I was discussing my diet and exercise plan with my doctor this afternoon. She said that OATMEAL is on it's way out. What could possibly take the place of the American Heart Association's favorite whole grain? BARLEY! Apparently, the American Diabetic Association says that Oatmeal boosts insulin too high. Barley is a great alternative because of the serious roughage and complex carb content.

Has anyone else heard about this?

I love oatmeal, but am intrigued by barley! I bet it's awesome with cinnamon and honey (then again, what isn't?!)

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Posted: 19 Oct 2010, 21:52
Yes, I read a blog about this just last week! I was actually appalled to hear about how oatmeal is not as healthy as we all thought, in that respect. But my hubby eats it and is fine because he has excellent blood sugar levels and no history of diabetes in his family and is also at his ideal weight. However,my family of origin is riddled with diabetes and so I am going to shy away from the oatmeal.I eat yogurt and strawberries or eggs and vegan sausage for breakfast (more protein, less carbs).
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Is nothing sacred???!!!
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So, what neat things can you do with barley? How do you prepare barley? I'm intrigued.
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Posted: 20 Oct 2010, 12:52
CrazyEyesMcGinty wrote:
I was discussing my diet and exercise plan with my doctor this afternoon. She said that OATMEAL is on it's way out. What could possibly take the place of the American Heart Association's favorite whole grain? BARLEY! Apparently, the American Diabetic Association says that Oatmeal boosts insulin too high. Barley is a great alternative because of the serious roughage and complex carb content.

Has anyone else heard about this?

I love oatmeal, but am intrigued by barley! I bet it's awesome with cinnamon and honey (then again, what isn't?!)



Rolled steel-cut oats are just as great as barley. Regular oatmeal, esp the instant kind is BAD. Might as well eat a candy bar if you eat instant oatmeal (yes, even the "light/low sugar" variety).

I get a blend of rolled oats, rye, and barley from Trader Joe's and its 120 calories a serving and super filling. I add cinnamon and nutmeg to it. Maybe cranberries and flax seeds if I feel like "going crazy". Smile
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Posted: 20 Oct 2010, 12:54
katballew wrote:
So, what neat things can you do with barley? How do you prepare barley? I'm intrigued.


All the same things that you do with oatmeal and more. Oatmeal can be sweet or savory. Barley has traditionally been savory but is being used more in hot cereal blends, atop bread and muffins, and in apple crisps.

My favorite fall recipe is a barley beef stew with veggies. Here is the recipe:
http://allrecipes.com//Recipe/beef-barley-stew/Detail.aspx
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