Oatmeal is a good breakfast whether you make it simple or dress it up with lots of fruit and nut toppings. But here’s the other beautiful thing about oatmeal. If you eat one and one-half cups of it each day, you can lower your cholesterol by 5 to 8 percent.
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It contains soluble and insoluble fiber, two types that your body needs. Insoluble fiber, which is also found in the skins of many fruits, helps keep us regular. Soluble fiber, which is also found in beans, oranges and pears, helps prevent disease and lower cholesterol.
Getting both types of fiber is a big win for your body, and there’s another benefit: fiber can also aid weight loss. It helps you feel full and satisfied.
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