Irish Independent - Health & Living - - SPECIAL -


Oats have been shown to re­duce choles­terol lev­els and the risk of heart dis­ease. The magic in­gre­di­ent found within oats is called beta-glu­can. Beta-glu­can is a form of sol­u­ble fi­bre, that dis­solves in­side the gut where it be­comes gel-like. It then binds to ex­cess choles­terol and choles­terol-like sub­stances within the gut, pre­vent­ing them from be­ing ab­sorbed into the body.

A re­view showed that three grams or more of oat beta-glu­can re­sults in a re­duc­tion of to­tal and low-den­sity lipopro­tein (LDL), choles­terol lev­els by 5-10pc. In real terms, this is achieved by eat­ing two to four por­tions of oat-based foods per day. Re­sults can be seen within four weeks. Think por­ridge, overnight oats, por­ridge bread and oat­cakes.

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