I ate barley and lettuce wraps often, so what happened to my blood sugar and blood?

Changes in blood sugar and blood pressure after eating barley and lettuce wraps frequently?
Barley-lettuce wrap tastes good and can create a synergistic effect on blood and bone health. [사진=국립농업과학원]

Barley rice, which our ancestors ate when rice was scarce in the past, is now eaten as a healthy food. Misut flour, a powder made by steaming, drying, and then roasting barley rice, was also used as emergency food. Recently, as high blood pressure, diabetes, and heart disease are increasing, the health effects of barley are attracting attention.

◆ Combination of lettuce + barley… Synergistic effect on blood and bone health

Barley-lettuce wrap tastes good and can greatly increase nutrients. Lettuce has a lot of calcium and vitamins that are good for bones compared to general vegetables. In particular, it has a lot of iron, which increases the amount of blood and has the effect of clearing it. If you eat barley rice mixed with lettuce and rice and top it with ssamjang, you will feel as if you are temporarily purifying your body from fried or processed foods. Ssamjang should not be too salty. Adding onions and garlic can create a synergistic effect on blood vessel health.

◆ Which ingredient lowers blood sugar after eating and controls serum cholesterol?

The main components of barley are protein and β-glucan. In general, it is known that bran barley has a higher content than buckwheat barley. According to the National Academy of Agricultural Sciences, beta-glucan slows down the absorption of carbohydrates (glucose) in the body, lowers blood sugar after meals, and controls serum cholesterol levels. The ingredient arabinoxylan also contributes to blood sugar management. It also helps in weight loss by slowing down the passage of food through the intestines.

◆ Blood pressure-cholesterol control… Cell aging delay, anti-cancer activity

Compared to rice and oats, barley contains more than twice as much selenium, which has an excellent antioxidant effect that reduces oxidation (damage) of the body. It acts as an anti-cancer by slowing down the aging of cells and preventing the process of changing normal cells into cancer cells. Barley also contains polyphenols such as proanthocyanidin and prodelphinidin, which act as antioxidants and lower blood pressure and cholesterol.

◆ Vitamin B group… Carbohydrate metabolism, activation of nerve, heart, and muscle functions

Barley is an excellent source of B vitamins. Vitamin B1 promotes carbohydrate metabolism, helps digestion, and contributes to the function of nerves, heart, and muscles. Vitamin B2 acts as a coenzyme in the step of decomposing carbohydrates, lipids, and proteins to produce energy. It also has an indirect effect on red blood cell formation, glycogen synthesis, cell division and growth. Vitamin B6 promotes growth, protects the oral mucosa, and helps maintain the function of body tissues.

◆ Who should be careful of barley?… In case of impaired kidney function

Some people will be wary of barley. When kidney function is impaired, potassium excretion is not smooth, and potassium builds up, which can cause hyperkalemia, which increases muscle weakness and fatigue. It is safe to consult a doctor-nutritionist before eating potassium-rich barley, vegetables, and fruits. Kidney disease patients need to reduce the intake of vegetables and put them in water for a long time to discharge potassium before eating.

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