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Whatever happened to the oat bran craze that had us consuming (among other things) pieces of oat bran simply glued to potato chips or crackers? Early in 1990, Dr. Frank Sacks of the Harvard Medical School virtually tolled its death knell when he reported that oat bran failed to lower the cholesterol level of young women.

More recently, however, a group of researchers pooled data from the best studies on oat bran. The data found that oat bran can lower cholesterol-but by so small a percentage as to be insignificant for most of us. For those willing to consume one of the following every day, the best that can be expected is a decrease of less than five points, or about 2 percent: 1 114 cups of cooked oat bran, 12/3 cups of cooked oatmeal, 3 3/4 cups of Cheerios, 10 slices of oatmeal bread, or 4 granola bars ! Dr. Sacks writes in the Journal of the American Medical Association, "This analysis settles the issue. Oat bran lowers cholesterol slightly, but cutting out saturated fat and cholesterol are far more potent ways to reduce the risk of heart disease."
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Title Annotation:health aspects of oat bran
Publication:Medical Update
Date:Oct 1, 1992
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