Soluble Fiber and Cholesterol?>
Wellness Tip

Soluble Fiber and Cholesterol

by Berkeley Wellness  

Beta-glucan, the main soluble fiber in oats and barley, can lower blood cholesterol significantly, according to an analysis published in the December 2014 issue of the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition. The USDA and Health Canada allow oat products high in beta-glucan to carry a health claim about cholesterol.

The new analysis, which pooled data from 28 clinical trials, found that daily intakes of at least 3 grams of oat beta-glucan reduced LDL (“bad”) cholesterol by 10 points, more than previously estimated—with greater effects seen in people with higher initial cholesterol levels and those with diabetes. Most oat cereals supply 1 to 2 grams of beta-glucan per serving.