Italian Scientists Reveal New Type of Pasta Could Ward off Heart Attacks


The pasta is rich in a fibre called beta-glucan, which enhances the growth of new blood vessels.

The following article, written by Nick Squires, appears on The Telegraph. 

Italian scientists claim new type of pasta can help ward off heart attacks

It could only have happened in Italy, the land of linguine, vermicelli and tagliatelle – scientists in Tuscany have developed a new type of pasta that can help ward off heart attacks.

While health experts might frown on people gorging on too much spaghetti carbonara or creamy linguine, the new pasta is being touted as beneficial to well-being.

It is made from a mixture of standard durum wheat flour mixed with whole-grain barley flour, which is rich in a fibre called beta-glucan which enhances the growth of new blood vessels.

Those blood vessels then form “natural bypasses” in the event of a heart attack, according to the researchers in Pisa.

Scientists tested their theory on laboratory mice, feeding them the newly-developed pasta and then inducing cardiac arrest.

Mice which had been fed the barley pasta survived in greater numbers than a control group of mice which had eaten ordinary durum wheat pasta.

The barley-munching mice also sustained less damage to their hearts, examination revealed.

The researchers, from the Sant’Anna School of Advanced Studies in Pisa, revealed the results of their research on the website Scientific Reports. Continue reading at The Telegraph. 

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