IBC is a self-governing agency of the State of Idaho that serves to enhance the profitability of the Idaho barley growers through research, market development, promotion, information and education.
This is accomplished by identifying and fully utilizing available resources and organizations to promote and further develop the barley industry in the state of Idaho.
Make Every Bite Count with Barley
Barley is a great source of dietary fiber and contains both soluble and insoluble fiber. Soluble fiber is effective in lowering blood cholesterol and can reduce the risk of heart disease. Soluble fiber is also beneficial in slowing the absorption of sugar and reducing the risk for developing type 2 or non-insulin-dependent diabetes. The insoluble fiber found in barley may be beneficial in helping the body maintain regular bowl function. Insoluble fiber may also help lower the risk for certain cancers such as colon cancer.
Barley is a whole grain and is packed with good nutrition. This centuries-old grain contains fiber, vitamins and minerals; is slim on fat; and, like all plant products, is cholesterol-free.
The USDA My Plate specifically recommends that Americans eat at least 3 ounces of grains per day, with half of those as “whole” grains. Clinical studies have shown that the consumption of whole grains helps reduce the risk of hypertension, metabolic syndrome, type 2 diabetes, certain cancers and cardiovascular disease, while also promoting satiety and weight control.
Find out more about USDA’s nutritional recommendations at www.choosemyplate.gov. You can get assistance with personalized healthy menu planning at this website.