Barley has the highest fiber content of all the whole grains, is high in beta-glucan, antioxidants, protein, vitamins and minerals, but it is often overlooked in favor of grains that are either trendier or more mainstream. Barley can be found on many nutritional labels, but is relegated to the middle and often not highlighted on labels. Playing up its history as the first domesticated grain could elevate its status. "It'd be great to see barley elevated to 'cool' status," said Elizabeth Arndt, director of R&D at ConAgra Foods.

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