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Oat bran has many positive effects on your health in that it:
- Supports heart health**
- Provides a good source of fiber
- Aids digestion
- Increases satiety, which results in weight loss
Oat bran used to be thought of as a by-product used as horse feed and to stuff mattresses, but it is now recognized as one of the healthiest foods in existence. This is due to the oat bran fiber, which is rich in beta-glucans, which give oat bran its mass, solubility and viscosity allowing it to swell in the digestive tract, leading to modest calorie loss that when repeated over the long term results in additional weight loss while dieting.
Science has shown that regular consumption of beta-glucans can contribute to the maintenance of normal blood cholesterol levels. Oat bran can absorb up to 22 times its volume in water and its viscosity allows it capture everything it comes into contact with, like very sticky glue.
Oat bran’s health properties are linked to the bran's milling (the size of its particles) and sifting (the separation of the flakes). Oat bran which has been too finely or too coarsely milled loses its health benefits; oat bran which is not sufficiently sifted releases more simple sugars. Therefore, not all oat bran is the same, as most are milled and sifted in the traditional way.
For optimum health benefits, medium milling and thorough sifting are essential, which you will find with Dukan Diet Organic Oat Bran.
**Diets low in saturated fat and cholesterol that include 3 grams of soluble fiber per day from oat bran may reduce the risk of heart disease. One serving of Dukan Diet Oat Bran provides 1 gram of this soluble fiber.