A Good Reason to Add Berries to Your Oatmeal

19 February, 2013

A side of sliced strawberries with your steel-cut oatmeal may make for a smart breakfast combo.

That's because oats are rich in heart-healthy compounds called phenols. And it seems that adding some vitamin C (from the berries) is like adding water to a Chia Pet: It causes the heart-helping powers of the oats to grow.

Working in Synergy

When oat phenols and vitamin C were combined in a study, they worked synergistically to reinforce LDL cholesterol and make it more stable -- even better than the oat phenols alone could do. And you want your LDL to be stable, because that means it’s less likely to break down and stick to the walls of your arteries. You know, that process that can lead to heart attacks, strokes, and other nasty business.

Why Steel-Cut Oats?

They take a little longer to make, but they’re worth it. Steel-cut oats -- also called course-cut oats -- are lightly processed. And that means they probably still have most of their good stuff intact (fiber, nutrients, etc.).

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