Hypocholesterolemic Effects of Oat Products

  • James W. Anderson
  • Amy E. Siesel
Part of the Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology book series (AEMB, volume 270)


The cholesterol-lowering effects of oat products were recognized over a quarter of a century ago1. With the possible exception of beans, oat bran lowers serum cholesterol in humans more than any other food2. In metabolic ward studies, incorporating either 50 or 100 g of oat bran daily into a typical American diet lowered serum cholesterol of hypercholesterolemic men by 13–19%2,3. In ambulatory studies of healthy individuals eating their usual diet, providing 50 g of oat bran daily in the form of muffins decreased serum cholesterol by 12–26%4,5. Since every 1% decrease in serum cholesterol reduces estimated risk for coronary heart disease by 2%6, these oat bran-induced changes in serum cholesterol would theoretically reduce risk for coronary heart disease by approximately 10–35%.


Bile Acid Serum Cholesterol Dietary Fiber Wheat Bran Soluble Fiber 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • James W. Anderson
    • 1
  • Amy E. Siesel
    • 2
  1. 1.Metabolic Research Group Veterans Administration Medical CenterUniversity of Kentucky College of MedicineLexingtonUSA
  2. 2.Metabolic Research GroupLexingtonUSA

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