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LANDMARK STUDY PUBLISHED IN 'JAMA' CONFIRMS CHOLESTEROL REDUCTION BENEFIT OF OAT PRODUCTS IN DIET

 LANDMARK STUDY PUBLISHED IN 'JAMA' CONFIRMS CHOLESTEROL
 REDUCTION BENEFIT OF OAT PRODUCTS IN DIET
 NEW YORK, June 23 /PRNewswire/ -- Speaking in New York today, several of the authors of what may be the final word on oats and cholesterol, an article appearing in the June 24 issue of the Journal of American Medical Association ("JAMA") that after careful analysis of 19 studies, oat products can effect a reduction in blood total cholesterol.
 Cynthia M. Ripsin, MS, MPH, Department of Family Practice and Community Health, University of Minnesota, author of "Oat Products and Lipid Lowering: A Meta-Analysis," commented that "the study should settle the controversy about the benefits of oat products in a dietary regime. Oat products can and do reduce cholesterol levels." Ripsin went on to say, "The drop in cholesterol levels varies for people with high levels experiencing a higher percentage drop than those with lower levels."
 Dr. Joseph M. Keenan, a co-author of the June 24 JAMA meta-analysis, and also a member of the department of Family Practice and Community Health, University of Minnesota Medical School, commented, "This study is important in that it summarizes all the existing research to date on oat products. It uses a very rigorous technique called meta-analysis to carefully study what aspects of those various, previous studies are best approaches and it takes the best of those studies and it pools the data, the results and it gives an opportunity of looking at a question or problem with greater information available, more than any one study could produce." He further added, "The conclusions strongly supported the positive effect of soluble fiber from oat products as being useful in lowering cholesterol."
 Keenan also stressed the fact that, "A seemingly small, 2 to 3 percent reduction in cholesterol translates into a 5 to 7 percent reduction in heart attack rate and mortality."
 He said, "The long-term benefits of oat products will probably prove to be beneficial not only in lowering heart disease risk, but probably in other areas as well."
 Ripsin concluded that, "Oat products are beautiful foods; you can benefit your health by eating sensibly and including them in your diet, and you don't have to go to the medicine cabinet to achieve measurable results. One of the most important facets of our study is that it will help to educate the public to the definite advantages of oat products and will finally end controversy on their benefits."
 The meta-analysis and 31 other studies have been provided to the Food and Drug Administration which is currently weighing whether to permit health claims on nutrition labels regarding fiber and heart disease.
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