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Oat cuisine may help your heart.

A BOWL of porridge could help save the lives of some of the 300,000 Britons who suffer heart attacks every year.

Nutritionists now believe that soluble fibre in the diet may help reduce the risk of heart disease, after studies showed that beta-glucan, a soluble fibre found in oats, "soaks up" cholesterol.

Researchers from the Quaker Oats Health Institute aim to prove that three grams of beta-glucan a day - the equivalent of two bowls of porridge - can help protect your heart.

And they need 50 Mirror readers to take part in an oat-based diet programme for one month.

Volunteers should be healthy men and women over the age of 18 who have no established heart disease and are not on medication.

Those taking part will be required to give blood samples and to keep a video diary on a digital video camera which they will be allowed to keep. To apply, call 0800 393 705. Those chosen will be phoned back and invited for an interview with a dietitian and to give a blood sample.

Everyone who calls will be sent a leaflet on healthy diets.
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Title Annotation:Features
Author:Palmer, Jill
Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Date:Sep 18, 1998
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