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Australian Researchers Collaborate To Develop Healthier Grains

December 17, 2010: 09:18 AM EST

With the goal of developing a new healthier “High Fiber Grains Cluster” comprising widely cultivated wheat, barley and rice, four Australian research institutions will collaborate closely over the next three years to boost beta glucans and arabinoxylans, key contributors to the soluble component of dietary fiber in the various grains. The University of Melbourne, The University of Adelaide, The University of Queensland and CSIRO will pump more than $7 million into the project. The university partners will receive more than $3.4 million from the CSIRO’s Flagship Collaboration Fund. The beta glucans and arabinoxylans found in soluble fiber block the re-absorption of cholesterol from the gut, research has shown, so more of this cholesterol is lost naturally from the body during the digestive process.

"Research collaboration to deliver ‘healthier’ grains", News release, The University of Melbourne, December 17, 2010, © The University of Melbourne
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