Plant gene could lower cholesterol

Researchers have identified a gene in barley that is responsible for production of carbohydrate beta glucan.

Beta glucan is found in oats and barley and is thought to be effective in lowering blood cholesterol and promoting bowel health.

The discovery could generate the development of healthier grains that would offer cholesterol-lowering properties. Versatility of the wheat could also be increased.

Read more at University of Melbourne