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Oatmeal and Cholesterol – Are Oatmeal TV Ads Misleading You?

by Colin Carmichael

I cringe at the thought of anyone getting health advice from a television commercial.

Oatmeal and Cholesterol

Does oatmeal help lower cholesterol?

Television commercials are famous for … well … stretching the truth a tad to present their product in the best possible light.

They won't necessarily out-and-out LIE to us. That would get them in hot water.

But let's just say they're professional 'spin doctors' and leave it at that for now.

A few … like those selling oatmeal … are making some pretty bold claims about being able to help lower cholesterol.

Should we believe them?

It turns out the rosy-cheeked Quaker Oats guy is telling you the truth. Oatmeal really is a cholesterol lowering food after all.

It’s the soluble fiber in oatmeal that does the “dirty work” for you.

What kind of oatmeal is best?

Steel cut oatmeal is the preferred choice. (Also called coarse cut or Irish oats.)

Why?

Less processing than regular oatmeal means steel cut oats are in a more natural state. More nutrient dense. More flavorful too.

And more of that dietary fiber that's so good for you.

What's on tap for tomorrow's breakfast?

A nice hot bowl of oatmeal for breakfast with a few slices of banana and some nuts is a great way to start your day.

Or check this out …

Sprinkle some cinnamon on your oatmeal to give it a boost of flavor and guess what?

You can give a little help to lower your cholesterol with cinnamon as well.

(Why not add cinnamon to other breakfast cereals like cream of wheat as well?)

And if hot oatmeal isn’t your “cup of tea”, then how about a cereal that’s made from oat bran? (Jam-packed with dietary fiber.)

If you really want to take this tip to another level, then you can get creative with oatmeal. Ground oatmeal can be added to about anything.

The American Dietetic Association suggests swapping one-third of the flour in recipes with instant or old-fashioned oats.

That's a trade that your heart, arteries, and waistline will all love.

I think you already know this, but I’ll say it just in case you were wondering…

Just because something has oatmeal in it doesn’t mean it’s healthy for you.

For example, oatmeal cookies might contain oatmeal, but are usually loaded down with lots of unhealthy fats and sugar. And that’s obviously not a recipe for cholesterol reduction. Won't do your triglycerides any favors either.

So stay away from the cookies, but go ahead and listen to the Quaker … and keep eating oatmeal for cholesterol.


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