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CHEM 181
David Harpp

page 6973 OATS AND SOLUBLE FIBREOats have a high satiety value meaning that they take longer to digest and keep you feeling full longer So oats can help you lose weightOats also scrub the bowels o The contain both soluble and insoluble fibre Fibre is the structural part of plants grains fruits and vegetables that cannot be broken down by enzymes in our digestive tract and therefore cannot provide nutrition it goes right through youThere are two types of fibre soluble and insoluble Cellulose is the classical insoluble fibre whereas pectin found in fruits is an example of the soluble variety the former keeps us regular reduces the risk of diverculitis and helps eliminate substances that may play a role in colon cancerBut it is betaglucan the soluble fibre in oats that is causing quite a stir Studies show that consuming oats regularly can lower blood cholesterol reduce high blood pressure keep our arteries healthy and help control diabetes o This is not new information re oat bran craze There was a theory that oat bran reduced cholesterol outer covering of the grain good source of soluble fibreo Theory used to explain what happened betaglucan absorbs water in the intestine and forms a viscous slurry that traps cholesterol from food as well as some of the bile acids needed for digestion Since these compounds are made in the body from cholesterol their removal in the digestive tract forces more to be synthesized The result is a depletion of the cholesterol in bloodBUT the public did not
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