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Barley, a whole grain, contains gluten, as do wheat and rye, meaning that people with celiac disease or gluten sensitivity avoid barley.

Benefits of Barley

Just a single serving a day of barley may lower cholesterol. Compounds in whole grains like barley are also responsible for contributions to bone health and brain health. Whole grains are also linked to reduced risk of viral infections, heart disease, stroke, cancer, diabetes, obesity and other chronic diseases .

Gluten-free Diets: Only When Necessary

The ample health benefits of whole grains such as barley are why many health professionals warn against gluten-free diets unless absolutely necessary. There is some evidence to suggest that a gluten-free diet may adversely affect gut health and immune function in those without celiac disease or gluten sensitivity or allergy. Whole grains offer significant benefits.


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