EFSA Publishes Opinion on Beta-Glucans Health Claims

Recently the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) published an opinion on the substantiation of a health claim on beta-glucans from oats and / or barley and the reduction of blood pressure rise after consumption. The health claim was submitted by a global food company pursuant to Article 13 (5) of Regulation EC No. 1924/2006. The claimed effect was the reduction in blood glucose response after the consumption of 1.3 grams of beta-glucan from oats and / or barley in ready to eat breakfast cereals manufactured by pressure cooking. While EFSA recognized that one human study confirmed the efficacy of beta-glucans under the proposed conditions for post-prandial glycemic response, EFSA concluded that there was insufficient evidence to establish the effects of beta-glucans under the conditions of use.

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Posted on 13 May 2021