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Barley beta-glucans are dietary fibre with ability to form viscous water solutions. Modern technology enables preparation of concentrated sources of barley beta-glucan to improve human nutrition and deliver numerous health benefits. Superior biological activity can be achieved by a state-of-the art production procedures that do not involve the use of chemicals or enzymes. Employment of such ingredient enables production of functional foods with scientifically proven beneficial effects on human health: beside effects in cholesterol management and contribution to lowering the glycemic response, beta-glucans are also known for improving gut health.