Why porridge really is a super food.

It's the warming breakfast staple enjoyed by many over the winter months.
Now researchers say there is further evidence porridge oats really do offer the best start to the day.

Oats have long been known to lower cholesterol and reduce the risk of heart disease. But previously researchers focused on how oats help reduce levels of low-density lipoprotein (LDL) — or 'bad' cholesterol — which collects in the lining of the arteries, potentially blocking them.  But there is growing evidence that two other markers provide an even more accurate assessment of heart attack risk. 

These are non-HDL cholesterol, which is total cholesterol minus the 'healthy' part and lipoprotein, which carries bad cholesterol through the blood.  The checks are particularly useful to people with type 2 diabetes and metabolic syndrome as patients with these conditions typically do not show high LDL cholesterol levels. And the good news is eating oat fibre can reduce all three markers, according to a large study review. The study was led by Dr Vladimir Vuksan, a research scientist and associate director of the Risk Factor Modification Centre of St Michael's Hospital.

Source  - Daily Mail