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Beta-Glucan Guide

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Beta-Glucans and Heart Health

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Did you know that Americans consume only about half of the recommended amount of dietary fiber? While the new FDA daily value (DV) for fiber is 28 grams, the average intake for Americans is 15 grams per day.1 Dietary fiber has been identified as a nutrient of public health concern due to the health impacts of underconsumption. However, as food manufacturers work to boost the fiber content of their food products, it is important to know that not all fibers are created equal.

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Beta-glucan is a fiber that may be best known for its FDA-approved heart health claim. Diets low in saturated fat and cholesterol that include 3 grams of beta-glucans per day from oats or barley may reduce the risk of heart disease. Beta-glucan has a range of applications in bakery products. Its neutral flavor profile, ease of handling, and label-friendly name give beta-glucan an advantage over other fibers.

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