The EU has approved health claims related to the benefits of oats in terms of heart health, blood sugar, cholesterol content and digestive health.

Oat beta glucan and oat grain fibre health claims authorised in EU

1st claim: Beta-glucans contribute to the maintenance of normal blood cholesterol levels. Art. 13(1).
The claim may be used only for food which contains at least 1 g of beta-glucans from oats, oat bran, barley, barley bran, or from mixtures of these sources per quantified portion. In order to bear the claim information shall be given to the consumer that the beneficial effect is obtained with a daily intake of 3 g of beta-glucans from oats, oat bran, barley, barley bran, or from mixtures of these beta-glucans.

2nd claim: Consumption of beta-glucans from oats or barley as part of a meal contributes to the reduction of the blood glucose rise after that meal. Art. 13(1).
The claim may be used only for food which contains at least 4 g of beta-glucans from oats or barley for each 30 g of available carbohydrates in a quantified portion as part of the meal. In order to bear the claim information shall be given to the consumer that the beneficial effect is obtained by consuming the beta-glucans from oats or barley as part of the meal.

3rd claim: Oat beta-glucan has been shown to lower/reduce blood cholesterol. High cholesterol is a risk factor in the development of coronary heart disease. Art. 14(1)(a).
Information shall be given to the consumer that the beneficial effect is obtained with a daily intake of 3 g of oat beta-glucan. The claim can be used for foods which provide at least 1g of oat beta glucan per quantified portion.

4th claim: Oat grain fibre contributes to an increase in faecal bulk. Art. 13(1).
The claim may be used only for food which is high in that fibre as referred to in the claim HIGH FIBRE as listed in the Annex to Regulation (EC) No 1924/2006.

 

As a part of a varied and balanced diet and a healthy lifestyle.