Medical science confirmed something that most people of a certain age already knew: oatmeal is good for you! A study published in the U.S. scientific journal Nutrition and Clinical Care suggests that oats are good for the heart.
The most well documented benefit of eating the soluble fibre found in oatmeal is that it may help to lower blood cholesterol. Of course, lowering cholesterol is one of the key factors in reducing the risk of heart disease. Consumption of oatmeal rose significantly in Canada last year, yet another sign that many people are simply resuming healthy, common-sense eating habits.
“Canadians may be eating more oatmeal because they’ve heard about research confirming that oatmeal may play a role in helping to maintain a healthy heart as well as the U.S. Food and Drug Administration decision last year to allow the first food-specific health claim for oatmeal,” said Steve Taylor, of The Quaker Oats Company of Canada Limited.
“Incorporating oatmeal into your daily life makes good sense,” explains Dr. Steve Ink, Quaker’s director of nutrition. “A daily target of 1 1/2 cups of cooked oatmeal at breakfast is appropriate as part of a healthy diet that is lown saturated fat and cholesterol and high in fibre.” For the skinny on oatmeal, visit Quaker’s site.