You love it in beer – but make it a wholegrain staple too. Barley has a nutty flavour and is packed with selenium, manganese, vitamin B1 and a type of fibre that digests slowly to stabilise glucose levels and keep you feeling full longer. Eating it can also improve blood cholesterol, the American Journal Of Clinical Nutrition reported.
Oats are tops for manganese (crucial for bone health and glucose control) and fibre.
The rare grain with all nine essential amino acids, quinoa’s also packed with antioxidants.
HARICOT AND BLACK BEANS
Haricot beans are high in omega 3s; black are a rich protein source. They don’t have to be fresh – canned beans are also nutritious.
High in omega 3s and fibre, lentils cook quickly and pair well with turmeric and cinnamon.