You Should Know

September 2011 Issue

Beta-Glucans: A Safe Bet for Health

You’ve probably heard about the benefits of soluble fiber—it can help you maintain healthy cholesterol levels, regulate your bowel motility, and even reduce your risk for diseases like heart disease and certain cancers. And now, promising research on beta-glucans, a type of soluble fiber, helps explain why incorporating it into your diet could be beneficial. How they work. Naturally occurring in certain foods, beta-glucans (or â-glucans) are branches of glucose molecules that can’t be broken down into energy by human digestive enzymes because of their biochemical shape.

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