3 – Oats and cholesterol
There is a substance in oats called beta-glucan which significantly reduces LDL cholesterol. In people with high cholesterol levels, the intake of the equivalent of three grams of oat fiber daily generally reduces total cholesterol by 8 to 23 percent. Three grams of oat fiber can be had by eating about 1 bowl of oats. There are over forty studies which confirm the ability of oats to reduce unhealthy LDL cholesterol.
What is beta glucan: Oat beta-glucan is a kind of soluble fiber that’s found in the oat grain’s outer layer. Beta glucan is dissolved in the gut, forming a thick gel in the small intestine, which then binds to excess cholesterol. The body then excretes the gel and cholesterol as waste. This helps to reduce cholesterol levels.
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