Tuesday, February 14, 2006

New Heart Healthy Oats Developed

Health-conscious consumers can now get more of the soluble oat fiber calledbeta-glucan in their diets, thanks to a new oat variety developed byAgricultural Research Service (ARS) and North Dakota State University (NDSU)scientists.

Combined with a healthy diet, beta-glucan can help lower blood levels ofso-called "bad" cholesterol, diminishing the risk of heart disease. In August,ARS and NDSU scientists published their joint registration of "HiFi," a newspring oat bred specifically for increased beta-glucan content.

According to Doug Doehlert, a cereal chemist with ARS' Red River ValleyAgricultural Research Center in Fargo, N.D., HiFi boasts 50 percent morebeta-glucan than whole-oat products now sold in grocery stores. This means a consumer could eat less of a whole-oat product made with HiFi toget the same health benefit.

Or, more of the food could be eaten to gain evenmore of beta-glucan's benefits, according to Doehlert, in the ARS center'sCereal Crops Research Unit. Doehlert and Mike McMullen of NDSU have been cooperatively breeding oats since1993. During routine grain analysis, Doehlert noticed something odd: One of theoat lines furnished by McMullen contained more beta-glucan than usual.

The oat also had good agronomic characteristics and excellent diseaseresistance, so its seed was made available for production in the northern Plainsregion. There, farmers grow oats primarily to feed livestock, and they prefervarieties with high fat content rather than high fiber.

Interest in HiFi for food products initially looked bleak, since such oats arenormally imported from Canada or oat-producing regions of the United Statesother than the northern Plains.

But health-label claims now permitted for foodscontaining beta-glucan have rekindled interest in HiFi, according to Doehlert.In fact, Organic Grain and Milling, Inc., of Hudson, Wis., is negotiatinglicensing rights with the NDSU Research Foundation to market HiFi as an organicbrand.

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AGRI-INFO/FEBRUARY 14, 2006


TITLE: NEW HEART HEALTHY OAT DEVELOPED


ALAM BA NINYO NA NATUKLASAN NG MGA AGRI-EXPERT ANG ISANG URI NG OATS NA MAYAMAN SA BETA-GLUCAN FIBER?

ANG BETA-GLUCAN AY NAKATUTULONG NG MALAKI PARA MAPANATILING MABABA ANG BLOOD LEVEL SA ATING KATAWAN NG TINATAWAG NA BAD CHOLESTEROL DAHILAN PARA MABAWASAN ANG ANUMANG PANGANIB NA MAGKAROON NG HEART DISEASE.

ANG BAGONG EAT BREED NA NAISAKATUPARAN NG MGA EKSPERTO AY TINAWAG SA PANGALANG “HIFI”, ANG ITINUTURING NA BAGONG SPRING OAT BREED PARA MAPATAAS PA ANG BETA-GLUCAN CONTENT.

AYON KAY CEREAL CHEMIST DOUG DOEHLERT, PINALALAKAS NG HIFI OAT BREED NA ITO NG KARAGDAGANG 50 PERCENT NG BETA-GLUCAN KESA SA WHOLE-OAT PRODUCTS NA KARANIWANG NABIBILI SA TINDAHAN.

ITO AY NANGANGAHULUGAN NA MAAARI NANG KUMAIN NG KONTING WHOLE-OAT HIFI PRODUCT ANG SINUMAN PARA MAKUHA ANG SAPAT NA SUSTANSIYA.

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