For years we’ve been hearing that cutting carbs should be a cornerstone of most diets when you’re trying to lose weight… but not so fast! Turns out, there are some carbs you’re going to want to keep around.
A member of the cereal grain, barley may have the ability to increase the levels of a hormone tied to satiety. A study from Sweden discovered that boiled barley kernels can change bacteria in your gut, which in turn can rev up the metabolism. Researchers also found that this fiber-rich starch was shown to “decrease hunger sensations.” You can tie this nut-like food into your diet by using it in baked goods and breakfast items (like pancakes and waffles) or tossing it in salads and soups.