Heart Superhero #5: Whole Grains - thrive360
While whole grains generally reduce the risk of heart disease, Canadian whole grains like barley and oats have an added advantage in that they contain both soluble and insoluble fibre. Insoluble fibre helps keeps us “regular.” And soluble fibre, such as beta-glucan, is responsible for lowering cholesterol. Because of barley’s acts of heart heroism, Health Canada recently awarded this courageous grain with an official Health Claim (2). A 1/2 cup (125 mL) serving of cooked barley contains 60 per cent of the soluble fibre needed daily to help reduce cholesterol. Oats are also associated with a heart health claim (3).
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Heart Superhero #5: Whole Grains

Heart Super Powers

While whole grains generally reduce the risk of heart disease (1) , Canadian whole grains like barley and oats have an added advantage in that they contain both soluble and insoluble fibre.

Insoluble fibre helps keeps us “regular.” And soluble fibre, such as beta-glucan, is responsible for lowering cholesterol.  Because of barley’s acts of heart heroism, Health Canada recently awarded this courageous grain with an official Health Claim (2).  A 1/2 cup (125 mL) serving of cooked barley contains 60 per cent of the soluble fibre needed daily to help reduce cholesterol. Oats are also associated with a heart health claim (3).

(1) Whole grain consumption and heart disease, British Medical Journal.

(2) Health Canada heart health claim for barley

(3) Health Canada heart health claim for oats

(Whole grain crest artwork by Jaqueline Schaller.)

 

Hero in Action

Enjoy this Banh mi bowl with barley.

beef, mushrooms, barley, carrots, red peppers, vegetables

 

 

 

 

 

A few tantalizing recipes from my talented dietitian colleagues across Canada:

Banana Walnut Muffins — Nicole Osinga

Warm Roasted Cauliflower and Barley Salad — Dara & Erin from How to Eat

Persimmon Overnight Oats — Nutrition by Nazima

Kefir Overnight Oats — Vincci Tsui

 

Plus…don’t forget to enter the Heart Squad 7 contest (open to Canadian residents, except Quebec) – end on Feb 28, 2017.

 

What’s your fave barley or oat recipe?

  • Zannat

 

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