OAT FLAKES AND CHOLESTEROL

Eating oat flakes, oat bran or foods containing oats reduces your cholesterol. More importantly in this case that it reduces LDL ( "bad cholesterol") without reducing HDL ( "good cholesterol"). How oats cope with this task? With the help of its unique soluble fibers. Liver uses cholesterol to produce digestive juices, called bile acids. Bile pours from your gall bladder into the duodenum (the beginning of the small intestine) to help you process the food eaten, especially fats. If your food is poor in fibers most of the bile is absorbed into the blood through the intestinal wall. Since bile acids contain a lot of cholesterol they can increase the level of cholesterol in your blood. If you can hold bile acids from going over into the blood cholesterol will decrease and this is what oats do. Oat grains are packed with soluble fibers called beta-glucans. When you eat oat bran or flakes or products from oatmeal soluble fibers form a jelly which attaches bile acids and take them out of your body. Your liver responds to this with the production of more bile acids. To do so, however, it draws cholesterol from your blood. Since the cholesterol in bile acids does not fall in the blood and your liver uses the cholesterol contained in blood for the production of bile acids your cholesterol is lowered. After several months of consumption of oat foods you will notice lowering of your cholesterol and if you eat lots of legumes that can happen even sooner. In the chapter "Home cooking recipes of "My Health Legacy" is included a recipe for oatmeal porridge with nuts and seeds which is a unique source of minerals and vitamins. Prepare and distribute the ingredients in several jars with a lid to prevent their oxidation. In this way porridge could be prepared in the morning for 2 minutes.

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