A new type of wheat has been developed by an international team that contains 10 times the amount of fibre with greater ability to improve gut health and also fight bowel cancer and Type 2 diabetes than normal wheat.
The new wheat could provide millions of people with a lot more fibre without having to change their eating habits.
The Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO), a federal government agency for scientific research in Australia revealed this on Thursday.
In the American States of Idaho, Oregon and Washington, a small number of farmers have just harvested the first US crop of the wheat,
which is high in amylase.
The wheat will be processed into flour and incorporated into a range of food products that the Americans can expect to see appearing on their supermarket shelves in coming years.
Dr Ahmed Regina, a principal research scientist at CSIRO, said products made from high-amylose wheat contained more than ten times the resistant starch, a type of dietary fibre, than those made from regular wheat.