Oats have long been a popular breakfast with many. Make them into porridge, use them instead of flour in pancakes or whizz them up in a smoothie, the possibilities are endless!
Oats contain beta glucans, a soluble fibre which can help lower cholesterol if you have 3g or more of it daily. The beta glucans form a viscous solution in your digestive tract, which grabs cholesterol as it moves through your digestive system to prevent absorption, and then eliminates it from your body.
For reference, a 40g serving of porridge oats contains 2g of beta-glucans. Other food sources of beta glucans include barley, shiitake and reishi mushrooms, seaweed and algae. (See yesterday’s post if you want to find out more about cholesterol).
It’s always good to mix things up a bit at breakfast time, so please share your favourite porridge toppings below!
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