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Barley tea is very popular in many countries like Japan, South Korea, Taiwan, and China that has a toasted flavor with some bitterness. Learn how you can drink it and its benefits.
Although it is a popular beverage in Asian countries, many years ago the barley tea was used to treat diarrhea, fatigue, and inflammation. Now it has become a very common tea which can be easily prepared at home. Did you know it?
Barley tea is low in calories, which turns out to be insignificant in the daily intake.
Barely tea is also rich in antioxidants, that are very useful when fighting the free radicals produced by the body. Remember the best scenario is the one in which antioxidants are more than free radicals.
However, small amounts of acrylamide, a potentially cancer-causing anti-nutrient may be found in its composition. So, its consumption might be regulated. Besides, its consumption does not seem to be accurate for people on gluten- or grain-free diets.
You can prepare your barley tea with roasted barley or using tea bags that contain ground roasted barley. If you choose the first option, get some raw barley kernels and place them on a dry and hot skillet. Check the heat is medium and stir for 10 minutes. You can let the barley reach a dark brown color to reduce the acrylamide content.