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Ten years later, science still points to oats for heart health benefits

January 11, 2008

Washington, D.C. – January 11, 2008 – In 1997 the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) found that oatmeal and oat-based products are beneficial to the heart by significantly reducing total cholesterol. With this finding, FDA approved the use of labels claiming the health benefit on food products containing whole oat sources of soluble fiber. Since that time, additional data has continued to be collected and analyzed. Analyses of the new data consistently agree with the 1997 FDA review. The more recent analyses also suggest oatmeal and oat-based products may contain additional health benefits, including reducing the risk of high blood pressure, type 2 diabetes and weight gain.

An abstract of a paper that reviews these analyses was published in the January/February 2008 issue of American Journal of Lifestyle Medicine. Dr. James W. Anderson, professor of medicine at the University of Kentucky College of Medicine, one of the authors of the research review article said, “Whole-grain products like oatmeal are among some of the best foods one can eat to improve cholesterol levels, in addition to other lifestyle choices. Lifestyle choices, such as diet, should be the first line of therapy for most patients with moderate cholesterol risk given the expense, safety concerns, and intolerance related to cholesterol-lowering drugs.”

The abstract is posted at http://ajl.sagepub.com/cgi/content/abstract/2/1/51. The full text of the review article is posted at http://ajl.sagepub.com/cgi/reprint/2/1/51.

NAMA is the trade association representing 48 companies that operate 170 wheat, oat and corn mills in 38 states and Canada. Their collective production capacity exceeds 160 million pounds of product each day, more than 95 percent of the total industry production.

 

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CONTACT: Terri Long, Director of Communications
202.484.2200, ext.11
tlong@namamillers.org
http://www.namamillers.org

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