FDA Approves Health Claim of Lowering Heart Disease Risk by taking
People can lower their heart disease risk by eating barley, and the
evidence is strong enough that the US Food and Drug Administration
(FDA) has announced that this health claim can be printed on the
packaging of barley and foods containing barley.
Heart disease remains one of the leading causes of disability and death in the Western world. A healthy lifestyle-including eating a high-fiber,
low-saturated-fat diet and getting regular exercise can go a long way in preventing heart disease.
Barley, like oats and some other whole grains, contains high amounts of
soluble fiber. A wealth of scientific evidence shows that eating a diet
rich in soluble fiber can reduce total cholesterol and LDL ("bad")
cholesterol levels, two of the major contributors to cardiac risk. Fiber
also helps keep blood sugar and insulin levels stable, and other components of whole grains likely have some positive effects on heart disease risk and general health.
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Because these effects have been well documented, labels on packages of
whole grain barley and foods made with barley that contain at least 0.75
grams of soluble fiber per serving are now permitted to carry the following
claim: "Soluble fiber from foods such as [name of food], as part of a diet
low in saturated fat and cholesterol, may reduce the risk of heart disease.
A serving of [name of food] supplies [x] grams of the soluble fiber
necessary per day to have this effect."
A rule finalized in 2003 allowed a similar health claim for whole oats and
foods containing oats.
This ruling reflects a relatively new effort on the part of the FDA to
educate consumers about healthy eating and help them identify foods that
contribute to their specific health goals. This latest health claim
approval, for example, could steer someone away from foods such as breads
and crackers made with highly refined grain products toward those made with
high fiber, dry milled barley products such as flakes, grits, flour, and
"FDA is pursuing new initiatives to help consumers improve the choices they
have for healthy and nutritious diets," said FDA Deputy Commissioner Scott
Gottlieb, MD. "We firmly believe that one of the best ways to encourage
healthier eating habits is to help consumers get truthful, up-to-date,
science-based information about food products so that they can make choices
that are based on a better understanding of the health consequences of
Healthnotes Newswire (July 20, 2006)-People can lower their heart disease
risk by eating barley, and the evidence is strong enough that the US Food
and Drug Administration (FDA) has announced that this health claim can be
printed on the packaging of barley and foods containing barley.
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