Oatmeal is one of the most popular breakfast choices in the United States, and it's for good reason. Not only is it delicious
But the health benefits of oatmeal are through the roof. Oats have been known to help manage blood sugar, improve your gut microbiome and gut health
According to our medical expert Lauren Manaker, MS, RDN, author of The First Time Mom's Pregnancy Cookbook and Fueling Male Fertility
"Oatmeal has a fiber called beta-glucans, and this fiber is a superstar addition to a diet when people are trying to lower their cholesterol
As this fiber essentially 'binds' LDL cholesterol, allowing it to be removed from the body before it is absorbed," says Manaker.
Oats are full of both soluble fiber and insoluble fiber, which is what gives them many health benefits. Soluble fiber turns into a gelatinous substance in your body
Insoluble fiber does not dissolve and instead helps you stay regular and softens your stool. Both types are important in maintaining a healthy diet.
Foods like oats, wheat, and barley contain a very specific type of fiber called beta-glucans, which falls under the category of soluble fiber."The evidence surrounding the benefit of oat beta-glucans
on cholesterol is so strong that the FDA authorized the use of a heart-health claim whenever oats are used in a food," says Manaker.According to a report published in The Internation Journal
beta-glucans can help you manage your cholesterol levels by altering how much cholesterol is absorbed into your body when you digest food.
The unique fiber content of oatmeal, especially its beta-glucans, is one of the main reasons it is so heart-healthy and effective in lowering your cholesterol.