is a native of Eurasia and is grown in the temperate climates across the globe. Barley, previously used as animal fodder, is also used for preparation of beer and distilled beverages. Presently, it is used in different health foods and soups and stews among various cultures.
Barley is also known for its health benefits and contains essential nutrients like proteins, B vitamins, dietary fibers, and dietary minerals like calcium, magnesium, manganese, potassium, sodium and zinc. Eating barley regularly can improve regulation of the blood sugar levels, and cholesterol levels.