Oatmeal lowers cholestral

@jillhill (37383)
United States
December 30, 2007 2:27pm CST
I understand the concept of eating oatmeal to lower you cholestral because it's fat free. So if you are eating that you are not eating eggs or bacon or other foods high in fat. But on the commercials some people say that they lowered their cholestral so many points in a month. Seems to me that you would have to eat it more then once a day. Does anyone know how many times a day you should eat it or is it just because you are eating it once in replacement for higher fatty content foods?
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@barehugs (8986)
• Canada
30 Dec 07
My wife went in for a checkup and the Dr. told her she had high cholestral. He tried to get her to take Lipitor but she said "No Way!" She was looking around for an alternative when a friend told her about Oatmeal. We began to make and eat Oatmeal porridge every morning for Breakfast. We use the regular rather than the precooked Oatmeal and she adds a handful of raisins to it. She soaks the mixture overnight, and it cooks in less than 5 minutes. We enjoy it very much and we eat it 6 mornings out of the week. The next time she went back to see the DR. her cholestral was normal.Once a day was sufficient and it worked well for my wife.
@jillhill (37383)
• United States
31 Dec 07
Good for you and your wife!! I am glad to know that. I do like oatmeal! Glad it worked out for her!
@carolbee (16241)
• United States
30 Dec 07
I've heard that eating oatmeal in the morning will lower cholesterol levels. That doesn't mean a person can load it with butter which is the mistake some folks do. My vote is for once a day but don't know if my facts are correct. Might be something interesting to research.
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@jillhill (37383)
• United States
31 Dec 07
Might have to look into this one further!
@Kowgirl (3491)
• United States
31 Dec 07
From what I have learned about foods ,cholesterol and oatmeal, it and all high fiber foods can help reduce cholesterol. You will need to cut down on foods that cause you to have a high (bad)cholesterol count as well as eating the oatmeal. Oatmeal is also good for diabetics. It help regulate the blood sugar. Almost everyone can eat Oatmeal. So if you need to add more fiber to your diet, Oatmeal is a very good source of natural fiber and it taste good too.
@jillhill (37383)
• United States
31 Dec 07
I also did not know it helps regulate diabetes.....thanks for sharing the info! Happy New Year!
@lpetges (3036)
• United States
31 Dec 07
its proven if you eat it every day you will lower your cholesteral,, to bad i hate it. i also read in a health magazine, if you sprinkle cinnamon in your coffee or over your meal, it will also lower it.. i do that instead.
@jillhill (37383)
• United States
31 Dec 07
I had not heard that about cinnamon....I do like it too and that might also help. Thanks so much!
@subha12 (18453)
• India
31 Dec 07
i have also heard that it is good to eat oatmeal. I have seen on the paclkets of Muesli that it can be taken as snacks substitute.But one should be alert not to take fat rich diet. Then oatmeal can't check all cholestrol i believe.
@jillhill (37383)
• United States
31 Dec 07
I think you are right subha! Thanks for posting!
• United States
31 Dec 07
From what I understand, they say if you eat a bowl daily, about 1 1/2 cups, it will lower your cholesterol. You can also use it as a substitute for flour in cakes, cookies, and breads. Also, it can be used as an extender in meat recipes such as meatloaf and meat balls. I've done that and they taste great. Can be used as a breading on fish or chicken too. This is just in case you'd rather eat it more than once a day. There is a website you could visit too for more information....www.quakeroatmeal.com......hope this helps a little. It is good for you!....take care.
@jillhill (37383)
• United States
31 Dec 07
Hey thanks for the info! I'll check it out. I have used it in meatloaf and it makes the texture very nice! Happy New year to you!
@roberten (3131)
• United States
31 Dec 07
I don't know the answer to your question but do know that I love, love, love oatmeal---any kind of oatmeal, mmmm so gooood! I don't eat as much as I would like to (about 2 or 3 times a day, and yes, I love it as a desert, mmmm!) because my kids don't care much for it but your responders have given me a reason to indulge. When the kids complain I'll just tell the I'm on an oatmeal diet in effort to lower my cholesterol and lose weight. Thanks for starting this discussion, you really made my day!
@jillhill (37383)
• United States
31 Dec 07
I personally love oatmeal too....the only thing wrong with it is that I get hungry right away after eating it....like it just goes through me! LOL
• United States
31 Dec 07
I am not sure. But I do know that if you eat it for breakfast and dessert you will loose weight. I ate it like that for over a month and I did indeed loose weight. but as for cholesterol I would say eat it 2 times daily.
@jillhill (37383)
• United States
31 Dec 07
VEry interesting. I love oatmeal but don't know if I could eat it for dessert but certainly I could make my evening meal out of it with a little toast! Thanks for posting!
@GardenGerty (104102)
• United States
30 Dec 07
I saw one of the commercials today. The number of points they claimed was not really significant. Like many other things oatmeal works better for some people than for others. The fiber in the oatmeal, and also the psyllium fiber another poster mentioned bind with dietary cholesterol and cause it to be eliminated as waste rather than building up in your blood vessels. You are correct, if you are eating the oatmeal you are substituting it for something fatter and sweeter. A nurse who conducts a wellness program for one of my employers said that most people, if they will just cut down on their cheese in their diet they can improve their cholesterol. The other thing people need to remember is that there is a difference between HDL and LDL, and the goal is to have a ratio of at least 4 or higher of the two. HDL is the "good" cholesterol, LDL (and VLDL) are the bad guys. You want to know your total cholesterol and then you also want to know the ratio of good to bad. The best choice, and easiest to follow is "moderation in all things" that includes oatmeal. Hope you have a happy New Year.
@jillhill (37383)
• United States
31 Dec 07
THanks for the info and Happy New Year to you too!