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    Why you should eat more OATS
    Elaine Magee, MPH, RD posted:
    Why should you eat more OATS?
     Recent studies suggest eating oats and oatmeal may:
    • Reduce the risk for elevated blood pressure, type 2 diabetes and weight gain
    • Provide favorable changes physically to LDL particles which would make them less susceptible to oxidation (and therefore less likely to contribute to dhardening of the arteries)
    • Supply unique compounds that may lead to reducing early hardening of the arteries.
    What's in oats?
    * 3 to 4 grams of fiber (at least one gram of which is soluble fiber) per half cup serving 
    * plant protein
    * vitamins, minerals, and phytochemicals.
    1/2 cup contains: 
    vitamin E (6% of the Daily Value)
    vitamin B1 (26% Daily Value)
    magnesium (21% Daily Value)
    selenium (25% Daily Value)

    two important antioxidant phytochemicals in OATS
    * avenanthramides (a member of the polyphenol phytochemical family) are thought to have anti-atherosclerotic activity in the body and appear to be found only in oats! 
    * phenolic acids (found in most fruits, vegetables, and whole grains)

    What's your favorite way to eat oats?  
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    Chris_WebMD_Staff responded:
    Oh thank you for this Elaine!
    My favorite way is oatmeal each morning, in the winter! :)
    I love it, or at night as a snack.

    Jis4Judy responded:
    Hi ladies I like to make Oatmeal I cook it in fat free milk with cranberries and apples topped with wanuts my favorite breakfast I also add oats to my chocolate chip cookies makes them extra yummy..

    Hugs Judy:)

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