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Science supports grandmother's advice that oats are good for you-they can
help lower cholesterol levels. Scientists speculate oats may accomplish this by
slowing the rate at which the intestines absorb carbohydrates.
An ARS chemist has created a low-calorie, cholesterol-fighting fat
substitute called Oatrim from soluble oat fiber. A study by ARS nutrition
scientists showed that Oatrim reduces cholesterol and lowers blood glucose
linked to diabetes. An unexpected payoff: most of the volunteers lost weight
even though they increased their calorie intake.
Oatrim is a light, tasteless powder that can be incorporated into baked
goods. It can also be used to prepare a frozen dessert that resembles soft ice
cream. A 4-ounce serving of the dessert contains 135 calories, less than 1 gram
of fat, and 4 milligrams of cholesterol. (Premium ice cream has 298 calories, 22
grams of fat, and 85 milligrams of cholesterol.)
In 5 short years, this excellent fat replacement technology has been
transferred from lab to grocery store and now is listed on the label of hundreds
of products as hydrolyzed oat bran.
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