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Oats for Healthy Heart

In the recent years, in magazines and papers we often read about oats and its ability to lower cholesterol. Oats contain a soluble fiber called “beta glucan” which is responsible for lowering cholesterol.

Recent studies say that if a person consumes 3gms of soluble oat fiber everyday, he can lower the total body cholesterol by 8-23 percent. You don’t need to think how to get 3gms – it’s roughly the amount present in 1 bowl of oatmeal.

Oat Meal

Oat Meal

Studies also confirm that consumption of oats over a period of time definitely reduces the risk of heart disease and heart attack. At the Harvard School of Public Health, a 14-year study was conducted on 27,000 men aged between 40 and 75, and according to the results those who had the highest whole-grain intake (nearly 40gms/day) reduced their risk of heart disease by 20 percent and those who had nearly 25gms/day reduced their risk by 15 percent.

Another big study was conducted on 91,058 men and 245,186 women and the results showed that for each 10gms daily intake of fiber the heart disease risk went down by 14 percent and there was a 25 percent reduction in the risk of dying from heart disease.

Though all the statistics and datas are mentioned to show the importance, the main point is that – more you take cereal fiber – lower the chance of heart disease – at least less serious incase it occurs. So start having oats for breakfast and enrich your body with fibers.

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