The United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) will allow whole grain barley and barley-containing products to claim reduction in risk of coronary heart disease.

Consumers can expect to see whole barley and dry milled barley products such as flakes, grits, flour, meal, and barley meal bearing the health claim.

Coronary heart disease is the cause of almost 500,000 deaths annually. Scientific evidence shows that adding barley to one’s diet can contribute to lowering serum cholesterol, a main risk factor.

To qualify for the health claim, the barley-containing foods must provide at least 0.75 grams of soluble fibre per serving of the food.