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Wednesday, December 10, 2008

The Heart-Smart Whole Grain

One of the easiest ways to significantly lower your cholesterol is to eat whole-grain oatmeal daily, reports a British review of 10 studies. The fiber in oatmeal forms a gel that slows down your body's absorption of cholesterol.

Shopping shortcut: Choose one that's low in sugar (1gram per serving), such as Quaker Weight Control Instant Oatmeal.

Make it even healthier: Satisfy your sweet tooth by topping the oatmeal with a handful of antioxidant-heavy blueberries.

Bonus benefits: "People who eat oatmeal for breakfast tend to stay full all morning and consume less at lunch, due in part to the protein and fiber," says Dave Grotto, RD, a nutritionist in Chicago and a spokesperson for the American Dietetic Association.

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