In our last blog we discussed why kids need fiber in their diets and saw the importance and benefits of kids getting enough fiber. But.. how much fiber is needed? How much is enough?
We know that we need fiber and we know that it's healthy for us. But when it comes to our kids we tend to focus on vegetables, fruits, calcium, vitamins and nutrients. All very important. But we should also be paying attention to their fiber intake. Why do kids need fiber? Because it's vital for their digestive health.
We've been talking a lot about summer nutrition and the importance of staying hydrated. As you re-vamp your diet for the warmer months you should also pay attention to your fiber intake. It's often easy to forget this as you search for cooler lighter foods. However, you want to make sure that you keep your digestive system on track.
Pearl Barley has come out on top in the Grain Showdown when stacked against quinoa, brown rice and whole grain pasta. But now let's see what happens when barley vs. barley! That's right pearl barley is going head-to-head with traditional or hulled barley - it's pearl barley vs hulled barley.
Now let's take a look at Barley vs Couscous. To begin, both pearl barley and couscous are grains. While couscous is also an easy and quick to prepare grain, like pearl barley, it is low in fiber, not high in protein and just doesn't compare in nutritional quality.
Couscous is made by rolling durum wheat flour with salted water to form small kernels. Many people consider couscous to be a pasta, but it is not, it is a grain. Though most pastas are made with the same type of flour.
On it's own couscous does not offer much flavor, unlike the chewy texture and nutty flavor of Mochi Mugi pearl barley. Couscous' mild flavor makes it versatile, however many add high-calorie ingredients (like dried fruit, oil and nuts) and if it can be easy to rack up calories if you aren't careful with portion size or how many high-calorie ingredients you add.
In our previous grain showdowns, we have discussed glycemic index. It's noteworthy that couscous' glycemic index of 65 comes in higher than most other grains. Foods containing lower glycemic indexes help maintain better blood sugar control. To find out more information about the Glycemic Index, visit the Glycemic Index Foundation.