Wednesday, March 19, 2008

Best Food to Eat For Breakfast Is...

..oatmeal. It's hot, tasty and quick to make. Best of all, it can dramatically lower your cholesterol.

The link between eating oatmeal and cholesterol reduction is stronger than when the Food and Drug Administration initially approved the health claim's appearance on food labels in 1997, concludes a new study from the University of Kentucky College of Medicine.

If you are concerned about your cholesterol, the results might make you change your breakfast menu to include oatmeal:

  • Total cholesterol levels are lowered through oat consumption.
  • Low-density lipoprotein (LDL, the "bad" cholesterol) is reduced without adverse effects on high-density lipoprotein cholesterol (HDL, the "good" cholesterol) or triglyceride concentrations.

"Whole-grain products like oatmeal are among some of the best foods one can eat to improve cholesterol levels, in addition to other lifestyle choices," Anderson said. "Lifestyle choices, such as diet, should be the first line of therapy for most patients with moderate cholesterol risk given the expense, safety concerns and intolerance related to cholesterol-lowering drugs."

And that's not all. More recent data indicate that whole-grain oats, as part of a lifestyle management program, may confer health benefits that extend beyond total cholesterol and LDL cholesterol reduction, Anderson said.

Recent studies suggest eating oatmeal may:

  • Reduce the risk for elevated blood pressure, type 2 diabetes and weight gain.
  • Reduce LDL cholesterol during weight-loss.
  • Provide favorable changes in the physical characteristics of LDL cholesterol particles, making them less susceptible to oxidation. (Oxidation is thought to lead to hardening of the arteries.)
  • Supply unique compounds that may lead to reducing early hardening of the arteries.

"Since the '80s, oatmeal has been scientifically recognized for its heart health benefits, and the latest research shows this evidence endures the test of time and should be embraced as a lifestyle option for the millions of Americans at-risk for heart disease," said Anderson.

The study findings were published in the American Journal of Lifestyle Medicine.

--From the Editors at Netscape




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