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What is behind the heart healthy claim on the oat container?
The soluble fiber in oats (beta-glucan) has been repeatedly shown to reduce total cholesterol and the bad LDL-cholesterol in your blood. It does this through absorption of cholesterol in the digestive system, limiting the amount that reaches your blood stream. Cholesterol is very much needed in our body for the structure of cell walls and as part of steroid based hormones, such as estrogen and testosterone. Cholesterol is also the primary substance in bile, produced by the liver, which facilitates fat digestion and absorption. The problem is when we have too much cholesterol in our blood stream, which causes a waxy build up on our artery walls. This build up narrows arteries, making the heart work harder or can even cause complete blockage, increasing risk of heart attack or stroke. Whether oats are eaten in the form of steel cut (Irish), rolled (old-fashioned), quick (instant), or oat flour, it is all associated with cholesterol lowering benefits due to beta-glucan. Other good sources of beta-glucan are barley and mushrooms.