Can Oat Bran Cereal Lower My Cholesterol?

Tuesday, 03 Dec 2013 01:41 PM

By Peter Hibberd, M.D.

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Question: My doctor suggests that oat bran cereal can contribute to lower cholesterol. Is this true or false?

Dr. Hibberd's answer:
 
Yes. Oat bran cereal contains soluble fiber which helps reduce the absorption of dietary fat and cholesterol at the gut level.

With 10 percent to 20 percent of our blood cholesterol coming from our diets, and 80 percent reflecting our liver synthesis of cholesterol, diet can be a significant factor.
 
The reduction of saturated fat and cholesterol at the dietary level is often enough to bring many adults and children's cholesterol to the recommended healthy ranges. At present, 2 out of 3 adults have high cholesterol or high triglycerides, and dietary improvements are the safest ways for mild correction.
 
Oat bran has soluble fiber that not only supplies dietary bulk to reduce cancer risk and normalizes bowel function, but also mops up and reduces absorption and re-absorption of excessive fatty acids and cholesterol. It is also a filling, inexpensive, and easy way to keep your cholesterol in check.
 
An adult should aim to ingest 40 grams of fiber per day and try to have 30 grams of soluble fiber.
 

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