February 5, 2016


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How does Oats work?

Oats might help reduce cholesterol and blood sugar levels and control appetite by causing a feeling of fullness. Oat bran might work by blocking the absorption from the gut of substances that contribute to heart disease, high cholesterol, and diabetes.

Are there safety concerns?

Oat bran is safe for most people. It can cause intestinal gas and bloating. In people who have trouble chewing and swallowing, such as people with poorly fitting dentures or few or no teeth, or who have conditions that interfere with proper functioning of the digestive tract, oat products can cause blockage.

Oats seem to be safe for most people when applied directly to the skin.

Do not use oats if:
  • You have difficulty chewing or swallowing food.
  • You have a disorder of your digestive tract including the esophagus, stomach, and intestines.

Dosing considerations for Oats.

The following doses have been studied in scientific research:

  • For high cholesterol: 56-150 grams of whole oat products such as oat bran or oatmeal, containing 3.6-10 grams of beta-glucan (soluble fiber) daily as part of a low-fat diet. One-half cup (40 grams) of Quaker oatmeal contains 2 grams of beta-glucan; one cup (30 grams) of Cheerios contains one gram of beta-glucan.
  • For lowering blood glucose levels in patients with type 2 diabetes: high fiber foods such as whole oat products containing 25 grams of soluble fiber are used daily. 38 grams of oat bran or 75 grams of dry oatmeal contains about 3 grams of beta-glucan.

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