Friday, September 26, 2008

Best Cholesterol-reducing food!!

Which food has the potential to reduce your cholesterol and LDL levels?
Which food has the capacity to add fiber and a rich content of protein?
Which food can suppress hunger better in comparison to other foods?

That's right! It's the very humble porridge! Before you pooh- pooh on why, how and what this miracle food can do for you, let me personally assure you that this is true.

Oats is really a miracle food that reduces your cholesterol levels when taken one cup a day and the result in your LDL (bad cholesterol) levels is seen in within 30 days. This is due to an ingredient called beta- glucan present in oats.

Oats has so many benefits such as being chock-full of fiber, having a rich content of protein (second only to soyabean protein in vegetable protein ranking!!) and is a whole-grained food.

Besides, for all you weight-watching warriors, this might just be the food to fill up your tank for a long, long time as it has a low glycemic index. Which in plainspeak, means that after eating oats, it takes a longer time for the glucose to wind up in the blood levels. So you feel fuller longer and will help control your hunger pangs!

So cut out the refined foods in your diet like bread and pizza and substitute it with oats. And instead of wasting money on synthetically prepared milkshakes or other supplements, consider having one cup of oats a day. Oats can be dressed up with milk (low-fat) and bananas or other berries.

100g of dry oats contains 390 calories with 62g of carbohydrates, 11g of protein and 8g of fat. One serving can be considered as 50g of dry oats since one cup of water is added to one cup of oats in cooking.

Update- Oats is a rich source of inositol, also known as Vitamin B8. This is a known anti-depressant which is used to treat depression, anxiety and stress- related disorders. It truly is a miracle food!!

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