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Thursday, February 3, 2011

Oatmeal in the Crockpot and Lowering Cholesterol

A great breakfast to lower your cholesteral!

8 cups water
2 cups oats
1/3 cup dried cranberries
1/3 cup dried apricots or pineapple, chopped
1/4 teaspoon salt, or to taste

 Combine water, oats, dried cranberries, dried apricots or pineapple and salt in a 5- or 6-quart crock pot. Turn heat to low. Cover and cook until the oats are tender and the oatmeal is creamy, 7-8 hours.

How Does Oatmeal Help Lower Cholesterol?

It is thought that the oat fibers in oatmeal mix with cholesterol in the small intestine, then bind to the cholesterol molecules and carry it out of the body -- instead of it being absorbed into the blood.
Oatmeal seems to be most effective in lowering LDL cholesterol (“bad” cholesterol) levels. According to the studies in adults, LDL cholesterol may be lowered by 10 percent in some cases. In these studies, anywhere between 40 and 60 grams -- or roughly one bowl -- of oatmeal was consumed by each subject per day. The cholesterol lowering benefits of oatmeal is also dose-dependent. That is, the more oatmeal you eat, the lower your cholesterol will go.
Although oatmeal is helpful in lowering cholesterol, some of the ingredients placed in oatmeal may not be. This would include chocolate, butter whole milk, and cheeses. Be sure to check the ingredients of instant oatmeal and the fat content of added ingredients if you want to achieve the full, cholesterol-lowering effect of oatmeal.