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Heartier Benefits Seen from Oatmeal
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Cutting LDL (Bad) Cholesterol May Be Just One of Oatmeal's Perks for Heart
Reviewed By Louise Chang, MD
Jan. 11, 2008 -- Oatmeal may do more for your heart's health than lower LDL (bad) cholesterol, a new research review shows.
It's been more than a decade since the FDA approved a heart-health claim for oatmeal and other foods made from whole oats, such as oat bran and oat flour.
Those products are allowed to bear labels stating that soluble fiber from whole oats, as part of a diet low in saturated fat and cholesterol, may reduce the risk of heart disease. The FDA approved that health claim in 1997, based on research showing that soluble fiber in oats lowers LDL cholesterol.
The new research review confirms those benefits. It also includes more recent data showing that oats may also do the following:
Mark Andon, PhD, and James W. Anderson, MD, conducted the research review, which appears in the January/February edition of the American Journal of Lifestyle Medicine.
Andon works for the Quaker-Tropicana-Gatorade Research and Development Department in Barrington, Ill. That's Quaker as in Quaker Oats, which asked the FDA for the original oatmeal health claim. Anderson works for the University of Kentucky's departments of internal medicine and clinical nutrition.
SOURCES: Andon, M. American Journal of Lifestyle Medicine, January/February 2008; vol 2: pp 51-57. News release, FDA, 1997.
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