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Psyllium seed husk/heart disease health claim for food approved.

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PSYLLIUM SEED HUSK/HEART DISEASE CLAIM FOR FOOD APPROVED by FDA in a final rule published in the Federal Register Feb. 18 and effective immediately. The agency is amending current food labeling regulations to allow foods containing soluble fiber from psyllium seed husk, when included as part of a diet low in saturated fat and cholesterol, to bear labeling claiming a link to a reduction of the risk of coronary heart disease (CHD). Soluble fiber from psyllium seed husk has been shown in studies to lower blood total and LDL ("bad") cholesterol.

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