The FDA in 1997 approved a health claim that beta glucan soluble fiber from oats and oat bran reduced coronary heart disease (CHD).
Approving a health claim is no small matter for the FDA, and since cardiovascular disease is responsible for millions of deaths globally - and within this category, half of it is due to coronary heart disease and stroke (Mathews et al., 2020) - it is important for us to take a closer notice at this global review.
There is, in fact, considerable amount of research on the correlation between oat beta glucan and lowering of cholesterol - and as result, coronary heart disease.
Nations around the globe approve the claim between oat beta glucan and reduced CHD: Canada, Australia and New Zealand, Indonesia, Brazil, many nations in Europe, Malaysia, Singapore and South Korea.
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Back to Beta Glucan: Examine closely the different claims each nation is approving in Mathews et al. (2020, Article) - from function/structure claims to reduced risks to 'high level' claims in Australia and New Zealand where beta glucan reduces cholesterol levels.
Take a look at Table two to see the different studies that were included in the findings from 1997 to 2019.
Mathews' global review article is extensive and worth reading, the tables show a quick summary of all the studies and how these studies are interpreted by different nations.
When we understand the knowledge, it is easier (and healthier) to incorporate body and mind into a harmonious working team. That's what we call the journey back to wholeness.
Mathews, R., Kamil, A., & Chu, Y. (2020). Global review of heart health claims for oat beta-glucan products. Nutrition Reviews, 78(Supplement_1), 78-97. Article
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