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Barley Beta-glucans Lower Blood Cholesterol and Reduce Risks of Heart Disease

The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) announced on December 8, 2011 that its Panel on Dietetic Products, Nutrition and Allergies has issued its scientific opinion that Beta-glucan from Barley lowers blood cholesterol and reduces the risks of developing coronary heart disease.  The Panel analyzed human and animal studies that scientifically demonstrate the efficacy of barley beta-glucan when consumed at levels of at least 3 grams per day.  In order to make a Claim, a food or beverage product must contain 1 gram of barley beta-glucan in each serving.

The NDA panel estimates that the adequate wording is: “Barley beta-glucans have been shown to lower/reduce blood cholesterol. High cholesterol is a risk factor in the development of coronary heart disease”.

In the European Union, barley beta-glucan now carries comparable Article 14 Health Claim standing that had been earlier awarded for oat beta-glucan.



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