Quaker and lowering cholesterol are part of the same equation since oatmeal or quaker works to remove cholesterol from your body, as part of a low cholesterol, low saturated fat diet.
In a 30 day program hundreds of people ate one bowl of oatmeal daily to prove to themselves how a simple lifestyle change could help reduce cholesterol levels. The results? After 30 days, 70% lowered their cholesterol, with an average drop of 16.8 points.
Appearently, the relationship of quaker and lowering cholesterol, is found in the soluble fibre found in oats (or barley), which is thought to help reduce high blood cholesterol levels and balance blood glucose peaks.
Think of cholesterol lowering quaker as rolled oats of tiny sponges that soak up cholesterol and carry it out of the bloodstream.
The cholesterol lowering quaker effect is believed to be a result of high beta-glucan content in the cereals.
Beta Glucan is found in the soluble fiber of whole oats and is the main component which causes quaker to lower cholesterol.
Further, beta glucan has long been proven to be an ingredient to boost the immune system. Beta Glucan strengthens the immune systems defense against all infectious viral diseases, and possibly even SARS.
It is an effective antioxidant and free radical scavenger. Beta Glucan is a safe, non-toxic, and orally effective supplement for those who wish to enhance their immune system and lower cholesterol levels.
Beta Glucan is the only glucan found effective in preventing coronary heart disease by significantly lowering LDL blood cholesterol and increasing HDL (good) cholesterol levels.
Even, FDA (Food and Drugs Administration) has already allowed health claims on the labels of foods containing soluble fiber from whole oats (rolled oats, oat bran and oat flour) noting that these foods, as part of a diet low in saturated fat and cholesterol, may reduce the risk of heart disease.
FDA concluded that the beta glucan soluble fiber of whole oats is the primary component responsible for the total and LDL blood cholesterol-lowering effects of diets that contain these whole oat-containing foods at appropriate levels.
This conclusion is based on review of scientific evidence indicating a relationship between the soluble fiber in these whole oat-containing foods and a reduction in the risk of coronary heart disease
FDA did acknowledge that sources of beta glucan soluble fiber other than from whole oats, and certain soluble fibers other than beta-glucan, are also likely to affect blood lipid levels. However, according to FDA it must await evidence on these other sources before making a judgment on their effects.
I don't believe you should doubt the effect that beta glucan or quaker oats have on cholesterol lowering. However, the concern would be the amount taken.
You might eat a bowl of oats every day, but the whole oat containing food must provide at least 0.75 grams of soluble fiber per serving.
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