How well does oatmeal lower cholesterol?

I’ve read that eating oatmeal every day can lower your cholesterol, but just how effective is it? Would you have to eat tons and tons of it for it to be effective? Or is it how regularly you eat it that lowers your cholesterol?


  • sarge927

    Oatmeal by itself won’t lower your cholesterol drastically, but it does help. See, many people believe they can just eat one bowl of oatmeal in the morning and continue to eat all that bad-for-you stuff and it’ll bring your cholesterol way down. Not true. Oatmeal is just one member of a group of foods that help — that group being whole grain breads/cereals/pasta — so if you REALLY want to get your cholesterol levels down you need to make major changes and eat more whole grains and more of the other foods that help, like eggs, nuts, fresh fruits/vegetables, and lean meats. You’d also have to cut back on fast food, junk food, processed flour/sugar, and saturated fat. So to answer your question: Eating a lot of oatmeal probably would bring your cholesterol levels way down, but eating it regularly and making other healthy diet choices will also lower your cholesterol.

  • Doug H

    Via its fiber content.


    Yes as well as good for you. I put fruit and nuts Splenda brown sugar and ground flax seed in mine. Cherrio’s are even better so you can alternate.

  • steph

    I’m not sure how much it lowers cholesterol, but it helps keep it in balance. My dad has high cholesterol issues and he has been controling it without any medication since he switched to eating oatmeal in the mornings. Im not sure if his high cholesterol was lowered from the oatmeal or by taking away the biscuits, eggs, and sausage/bacon in the morning. But like within a month of him switching to the oatmeal he didn’t have to take his cholesterol meds anymore.

  • cvgm702

    oatmeal is one of the things that help to lower cholesterol, and no it isn’t as effective as fibercel, {a high fiber supplement} or many other foods that are high in fiber, barley is also more effective, as is carrots and celery. i think it is just a very good ad campaign that gives oatmeal the "cholesterol fighting" name.studies have shown that just 2 carrots a day can help to lower cholesterol. some other sources are beans, garlic, ginger, avocado,nuts, as well as a variety of fruits.many doctors advise eating a bowl of oatmeal for breakfast, more than likely because it is not going to make your cholesterol sky rocket, as will the alternative-eggs, bacon, and toast made with white bread. as long as you eat a balanced diet, you should be able to control your cholesterol with out having to eat a pound of oat meal a day!

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