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Dr. Hazel says: “In addition to being one of my favourite/comforting foods, oats are actually one of the few foods which stand up to their marketing claims 🤨 You may have spotted on certain oat based products that they are “heart healthy” or can “lower cholesterol”, well these are marketing claims actually have some substance. Due to the well-established effect oats have on cholesterol levels, The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) approved the claim that consumption of oat beta-glucan can lower cholesterol levels, and therefore may reduce the risk of heart disease ♥️ Beta-glucan is a special type of fibre in oats which is believed to be responsible for this unique cholesterol lowering property. In particular consumption of oat beta-glucans has been shown to reduce total cholesterol and LDL-cholesterol levels, which are risk factors for heart disease. In terms of the mechanism, it is believed that the beta-glucans reduce cholesterol in the blood by reducing reabsorption and increasing the excretion of cholesterol rich bile salts from the gut 🤓”
“There is evidence to say that 3g of beta glucan per day is sufficient to achieve blood cholesterol lowering effects. To put this into context, a 40g serving of porridge oats contains approximately 2g of beta-glucan, so your morning bowl of porridge and a couple of oatcakes or maybe an oat crust for your salmon fillet, would help you achieve that target.”
👉🏻@thefoodmedic thanks for sharing your wise words!