glucan

noun
glu·​can | \ ˈglü-ˌkan How to pronounce glucan (audio) , -kən \

Definition of glucan

: a polysaccharide (such as glycogen or cellulose) that is a polymer of glucose

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Recent Examples on the Web Beta-glucan, which is a type of dietary fiber found in abundance in oats, may also help improve blood sugar control. Stefani Sassos, Ms, Rdn, Cso, Good Housekeeping, "Is Oatmeal Healthy? All the Nutritional Facts and Benefits to Know," 21 Feb. 2020 It's made with hydrating beta-glucan, soothing panthenol, and restoring vitamin E to nourish dry, irritated, post-breakout skin. Angela Trakoshis, Allure, "Hero Cosmetics Is Giving Away Acne Kits to Frontline Responders," 6 Apr. 2020 Barley contains a cholesterol-lowering fiber called beta-glucan. Darlene Zimmerman, Detroit Free Press, "This nutritious grain provides cholesterol lowering fiber in this summer salad," 30 June 2019 Eating foods with beta-glucan has also been linked to improved immunity and gut health. Jaclyn London, Ms, Rd, Cdn, Good Housekeeping, "Is Oat Milk Healthy? Here's What You Need to Know, According to a Nutritionist," 11 Apr. 2019 They’ve also been linked to reduced risk of heart disease thanks to a type of fiber called beta-glucan that's been shown to improve cholesterol levels. Jaclyn London, Ms, Rd, Cdn, Good Housekeeping, "Is Oat Milk Healthy? Here's What You Need to Know, According to a Nutritionist," 11 Apr. 2019 The beta-glucan found in oats helps boost our infection-fighting blood cells. Good Housekeeping, "4 Reasons Why Oatmeal Is the Ultimate Breakfast," 15 Oct. 2018 Like all whole grains, oats are rich in vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and fiber, but oats contain a particular type of fiber called beta glucan that research suggests may be especially good for heart health. Ellie Krieger, charlotteobserver, "How about a mushroom risotto . . . made from oats?," 13 Mar. 2018 Like all whole grains, oats are rich in vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and fiber, but oats contain a particular type of fiber called beta glucan that research suggests may be especially good for heart health. Ellie Krieger, charlotteobserver, "How about a mushroom risotto . . . made from oats?," 13 Mar. 2018

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1941, in the meaning defined above

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“Glucan.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/glucan. Accessed 8 Aug. 2020.

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glucan

noun
glu·​can | \ ˈglü-ˌkan How to pronounce glucan (audio) , -kən How to pronounce glucan (audio) \

Medical Definition of glucan

: a polysaccharide (as glycogen or cellulose) that is a polymer of glucose

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