FAQ: Why Burl?


Q: These look like rolled oats… where is the barley?

Burl Barley Granola is made entirely with rolled barley as the grain source. As part of its journey from the farm to your table, the barley grains are rolled into flat pieces called barley flakes. These rolled barley flakes look nearly identical to the familiar rolled oats.

Q: Does barley taste good?

Barley is often described has having a subtle sweet and nutty flavor. Personally, we love the flavor of barley and think it forms the perfect foundation for making our Burl Barley Granola.

Q: How should I eat this?

In a bowl! Or by the handful! Or in your favorite breakfast! Or served in a dish at your next dinner party! There’s just so many ways… Feel free to eat Burl however and wherever you want. For more ideas, check out our recipes section (see tab at top of page).

Q: Why should I eat barley? Isn’t barley just used for making beer?*

Barley is one of the oldest grains known to mankind. In fact, barley was a staple food for many ancient civilizations. In more recent history, barley has largely fallen out of style as a food but is still used for making malt and beer.

Barley grain is known to have some amazing nutritional properties. It contains soluble fiber, it has a low glycemic index, and a potentially positive influence on gut health. Plus, it just simply tastes good (in our humble opinion). So to recap - why eat barley? - it’s one of the oldest grains, it’s nutritious, and it tastes delicious.

Q: Is barley a whole grain?

Yes, ours is! In making Burl Barley Granola, we use barley that has been hulled. This particular processing step retains much of the nutrient-packed bran layer in each barley grain. As a result, hulled rolled barley is a true whole grain that contains more nutrients than other barley products, such as pearled barley (pearled barley is made by removing the bran layer). In the end, each serving of our Burl Barley Granola provides 38 grams of whole grains from hulled, rolled barley.

Q: How much barley is in Burl Barley Granola?

The grain in every bite of our Burl Barley Granola is 100% real, wholesome, rolled barley. No fillers and no fluff. This means that all 38 grams of whole grains in each serving come from whole grain rolled barley.

Q: Does barley contain gluten?

Yes, gluten is a natural component of barley. As a result, our Burl Barley Granola does contain gluten.

Q: How can eating Burl help people with kidney disease?*

For many patients with kidney disease (including individuals on dialysis), staying healthy requires careful monitoring of their sodium, potassium, and phosphorus intake. But here’s the catch: sodium, potassium and phosphorus are seemingly everywhere and it can be quite a challenge to eat right.

Barley is special in that it’s one of the few whole grains with a relatively lower amount of phosphorus. As a result, barley is a recommended whole grain for many renal and dialysis diets.

For people who monitor their intake of sodium, potassium, and phosphorus, eating barley may help when following a recommended diet. While Burl Barley Granola is not meant to diagnose, prevent, treat, or mitigate disease, it may provide a convenient way for complying with a balanced renal-friendly diet. Of course, if you have special dietary restrictions, it’s best to check with your doctor or dietitian about which foods are right for you.

Q: I don’t have kidney problems. Can I still eat Burl?*

Of course! The beauty of barley is that it’s generally good for many people, regardless of their kidney status.

Our rolled barley is a source of whole grain (and we all know that whole grains are generally good for us). Conveniently, barley is one of the few whole grains that is recommended for many people with kidney problems. So, it is a whole grain that is good for healthy people as well as many people following renal diets.

Q: Where can I learn more about barley?

Great question. We would suggest starting with the following experts:

Whole Grain Council: Overview of Barley

Whole Grain Council: Selected Research Studies with Barley

Pubmed (search “barley” and “health”)

GoBarley - The Barley Council of Canada

National Barley Growers Association

*Kidney or renal diets can get quite complicated, due to the particular needs of each unique person. Talk with your doctor or renal dietitian to determine if barley-based foods like Burl are recommended for you. And just so there’s no confusion, Burl Barley Granola is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.