Some brands contain a lot of sugar and salt, while others contain little in the way of fiber. This kind of cereal is likely not healthy. To make sure the cereal is full of nutrients and not just empty calories, consider buying unsweetened oat cereal.
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Boston, MA (PRWEB) September 02, 2012
The Doctors Health Press, a publisher of various natural health newsletters, books, and reports, including the popular online Doctors Health Press e-Bulletin, is reporting on a recent U.S study evaluating whether or not a whole-grain, ready-to-eat (RTE) oat cereal containing viscous fiber as part of a dietary program for weight loss could lower LDL cholesterol levels and improve other heart disease risk markers more than a dietary program alone.
As reported in Doctors Health Press e-Bulletin (http://www.doctorshealthpress.com/food-and-nutrition-articles/why-you-should-be-eating-this-kind-of-cereal-every-day), cereal is a popular breakfast food—and for good reason. It’s ready-made, it tastes good, and it can even provide much-needed vitamins and minerals first thing in the morning. There are some pitfalls to consuming cereal for breakfast, however. Some brands contain a lot of sugar and salt, while others contain little in the way of fiber. This kind of cereal is likely not healthy. To make sure the cereal is full of nutrients and not just empty calories, consider buying unsweetened oat cereal.
The Doctors Health Press e-Bulletin article, “Why You Should be Eating This Kind of Cereal Every Day,” reports that about 140 obese adults participated in a clinical trial of the health benefits of cereal. Two portions per day of whole-grain RTE oat cereal (containing three grams/day oat b-glucan) were given to one group of participants. Another group acted as a control and was given “energy-matched” low-fiber foods. The goal was to give both groups a reduced energy dietary program that lowered caloric intake about 500 kcal/day. The dietary intervention also encouraged limiting consumption of foods high in energy and fat, portion control, and regular physical activity.
The researchers then measured fasting lipoprotein levels, waist circumference, triceps, skin fold thickness, and body weight at baseline and at weeks four, eight, ten, and twelve. They found the following:
- LDL cholesterol level was reduced significantly more with whole-grain RTE oat cereal vs. energy-matched low-fiber foods.
- Total cholesterol and non-high-density lipoprotein cholesterol were also lowered significantly more with whole-grain RTE oat cereal, whereas high-density lipoprotein and triglyceride responses did not differ between groups.
- Weight loss was not different between groups, but waist circumferences were decreased more with whole-grain RTE oat cereal.
- Larger reductions in LDL, total and non-high density lipoprotein cholesterol levels, and waist circumference were evident as early as week four in the whole-grain RTE oat cereal group.
The researchers concluded that eating a whole-grain RTE oat cereal as part of a dietary program for natural weight loss had favorable effects on fasting lipid levels and waist circumference.
(SOURCE: Maki, K.C., et al., ”Whole-grain ready-to-eat oat cereal, as part of a dietary program for weight loss, reduces low-density lipoprotein cholesterol in adults with overweight and obesity more than a dietary program including low-fiber control foods,” J. Am. Diet. Assoc., Feb. 2010.)
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