Oats can lower cholesterol, heart disease risk
NEW CANADIAN research suggests that eating oats can lower cholesterol levels and reduce a person’s risk of developing cardiovascular disease.
Led by Dr Vladimir Vuksan from the Risk Factor Modification Centre at St Michael’s Hospital in Toronto, Canada, the study looked at 58 clinical trials involving almost 4,000 people from around the world.
The trials assessed the effects of eating a diet rich in the soluble fibre oat beta-glucan on LDL cholesterol (also known as ‘bad’ cholesterol), and for the first time, on non-HDL cholesterol and apolipoprotein B (apoB).
Evidence suggests that nonHDL cholesterol (which is total cholesterol minus the ‘H’ or ‘healthy cholesterol’) and apoB (which carries bad cholesterol through the blood) both give a better assessment of cardiovascular risk, especially for individuals with metabolic syndrome and Type 2 diabetes.
Vuksan found that those who ate a diet enriched with around 3.5g/day of beta-glucan fibre were found to modestly improve on LDL cholesterol, non-HDC and apoB when compared to control diets.
Overall, LDL cholesterol was also reduced by 4.2%, non-HDL cholesterol by 4.8% and apoB by 2.3%.
Vuksan said consumption could be increased by eating oat bran.
One cup of cooked oat bran (88 calories) contains the same quantity of beta-glucan as double the amount of cooked oatmeal (166 calories). – AFP-Relaxnews