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Canadian Health Agency Formally Recognizes Cholesterol-Lowering Benefit Of Oat Fiber

November 22, 2010: 10:34 AM EST

Health Canada has acknowledged the health benefits of oat fiber by officially supporting the claim that “oat fiber helps reduce cholesterol, a risk factor for heart disease.” Oats provide two types of dietary fiber: soluble and insoluble. The soluble fiber, called oat fiber or beta-glucan, helps reduce cholesterol. Research has shown that consuming three grams of soluble oat fiber per day can have a positive effect on cholesterol levels. Foods that carry the claim must meet additional nutritional criteria, including minimum amounts of vitamins and minerals as well as maximum levels of cholesterol, sodium and saturated fat. Dr. David Jenkins, a Canadian nutrition professor, said the Health Canada claim about oat fiber is an important step forward in the process of educating Canadians about functional foods that aid in lowering cholesterol.

Quaker/PepsiCo, "It's Official. Oat Fiber Helps Reduce Cholesterol", Quaker/PepsiCo press release, November 22, 2010, © PepsiCo
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