cholesterol lowering with oats

Doug Skrecky (
Wed, 15 Jul 1998 20:56:18 -0700 (PDT)

Birkeland KI. Gullestad L. Torsvik H. Institution
Medisinsk avdeling, Baerum sykehus.
[Cholesterol-lowering effect of
oat]. [Norwegian]
Tidsskrift for Den Norske Laegeforening. 111(17):2081-5, 1991 Jun 30. Abstract
Use of oat-supplement has been advocated to reduce serum cholesterol concentration. In order to study the effect of a daily dietary supplement of oats on lipid levels we performed three controlled clinical trials in healthy Norwegians and patients with hypercholesterolemia. The studies lasted 3-5 weeks, and oats were added to the diet in bread, breakfast cereals, porridge or crispbread. The serum cholesterol concentrations were reduced by 2.5-5% in four of the five groups with an oat-supplemented diet. No effect was found in the group who ate crispbread. Lipid levels remained unchanged in the three control groups. We conclude that oat products have a small but significant cholesterol-lowering effect when given as a supplement to the ordinary Norwegian diet.