An Oat Bran Muffin a Day Will Keep the Doctor Away
The most important nutritional advantage of oats is the soluble fiber which helps to lower your blood cholesterol levels. This fiber is what gives oatmeal its gummy texture. The oat bran (husk) is a significant source of soluble fiber.
In one study, men with abnormally high cholesterol levels were given 100 grams (3 ½ oz) of oat bran a day for 10 days in muffins or cooked cereal.
Their cholesterol levels – especially the level of artery-damaging LDL cholesterol – dropped substantially. Another study was done using half the amount of daily oat bran, and cholesterol levels still showed a significant drop.
Generally there are two types of fiber – water-soluble fiber (oat bran) and non-soluble fiber (wheat bran). Soluble fiber like oat bran dissolves in water and is also what dissolves fats and cholesterol that your body does not. The non-soluble fiber like wheat bran moves through your body quickly, acting as a broom sweeping along with it, substances that may be harmful.
If you’re concerned about colon cancer, weight control and regularity, wheat bran is the way to go. If you need to lower your cholesterol levels, oat bran is the best choice. Both are important to a healthy diet.