By Bob Mitchell ’BS76
If you read labels in the cereal aisle, you know that oats are among the heart-healthiest of foods. And they may soon be even more so. CALS oat breeder John Mochon has developed a variety with significantly higher levels of beta glucan, the soluble fiber that nutritionists liken to a sponge that traps cholesterol-rich acids in the bloodstream. UW breeders hope to have it available for sale for the 2014 growing season.