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Top 5 Reasons Oatmeal Lowers Cholesterol

February 4, 2010

Did you know that it was National Oatmeal Month? Well, you shouldn’t feel too guilty for celebrating. WebMD tells us that oatmeal, and other foods made from whole oats, such as oat bran and oat flour, can do a lot of good things for us.

  1. Lowering LDL (bad) cholesterol - soluble fiber from whole oats, as part of a diet low in saturated fat and cholesterol, may reduce the risk of heart disease.
  2. Help dieters' cholesterol - Weight loss lowers LDL cholesterol, and oatmeal may lower it even further.
  3. Improve LDL cholesterol profile - Oatmeal may curb small LDL cholesterol particles, which may be riskier than bigger LDL particles.
  4. Curb inflammation- Lab tests show that antioxidants in oats have anti-inflammatory properties.
  5. Reap whole-grain perks against high blood pressure, type 2 diabetes, and weight gain. Many athletes eat rolled oats for the high level of complex carbohydrates and water-soluble fiber that assist slow digestion and help maintain stable blood-glucose levels.

Cholesterol healthy oatmealBut that’s not all! In an article entitled “How to Celebrate National Oatmeal Month” the author explains oatmeal is more than cereal or cookies. Here are some other tips about how to enjoy oatmeal:

  • Mix oatmeal into homemade meatballs and meatloaf to help meat hold its shape better during cooking.
  • Make a unique pie crust by using oatmeal for half the flour.
  • Add oatmeal to thicken chili.
  • Stir oatmeal into muffins, pancakes and breads for nutty flavor and healthy fiber.
  • Cleanse skin with an oatmeal scrub. Homemade or store bought, an oatmeal scrub is a natural way to get rid of dead skin cells and exfoliate hands and face.
  • Relieve itchy skin, protect against dryness, reduce inflammation from rashes, insect bites, poison oak or chicken pox with an oatmeal paste. It’s good for pets too!