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Will eating oat bran help to prevent a heart attack?

Posted Oct 01 2008 8:12pm

No single food causes heart attacks and no single food prevents them. Cereals containing oats may claim that their soluble fiber lowers cholesterol, but you can also get soluble fiber from most fruits and whole grains. You will raise your cholesterol if you take in more calories than you burn, no matter how much soluble fiber you eat.

You may read that you should eat olive oil because it contains monounsaturated fats that help to prevent heart attacks, but you can also get monounsaturated fats in peanuts, nuts, sunflower seeds and many other seeds. It's your total intake of nutrients that counts. You can't prevent heart attacks just by eating oat bran, olive oil, fish oil or any other specific food. The best research on diet available today shows that if you want to prevent heart attacks and many cancers, you should eat a wide variety of fruits, vegetables, whole grains, beans and other seeds.

Modified DASH diet for total heart health

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