Eat– for Good Health

Studies abound about the capability of oat fiber to absorb bad cholesterol. A new study reveals that whole grains help protect lungs.  People who get plenty of dietary fiber, particularly from whole grains, are 33% less likely to develop chronic obstructive pulmonary disease or COPD, an increasingly common condition linked to emphysema and chronic bronchitis.

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14 thoughts on “Eat– for Good Health

  1. Neighbors and friends, I’m back from New York, having picked up my two grandchildren, D’mitri and Roxy. We flew to California while son Johnny and daughter-in-law Jan (who just graduated from law school) drove across the country. Two days ago they moved into their townhouse in Dana Point. Anyway, I’m enjoying cooking at home again, and that includes my favorite way to make oatmeal. We all have our fave ways, right?

  2. Janessa

    Absolutely, Kathleen. I never order oatmeal at a restaurant. Plain oatmeal isn’t good– it has to be jazzed. I don’t like the flavored packages because so much sugar is added. Kind of defeats the purpose.

  3. Mary Alice Tallmadge

    Janessa, I agree! Not all sweeteners are alike. I read a study about animals that ate high-fructose corn syrup, HFCS, and they gained far more weight after six months than those fed table sugar. Kathleen, do you know about this?

  4. Kathleen Rowland

    Yes– Mary Alice, both groups of lab rats took in the same number of calories. What’s more, the HFCS eaters gained more belly fat and had higher levels of triglycerides, a key risk factor for heart disease. HFCS is metabolized differently in the body than table sugar, causing more to be converted to fat, researchers say.

  5. Kathleen Rowland

    Another study, this one from Loyola University, warns to stay away from HFCS in soft drinks. Turns out women who drank two or more sugary sodas per day had double the risk of kidney disease compared to those who didn’t. HFCS was believed to be the culprit. HFCS often contains traces of mercury, a toxic metal that hinders kidney function. Darker sodas (such as cola and root beer) contained phosphoric acid, another kidney damaging compound according to Dr. Spry, a spokesperson for the National Kidney Foundation in NYC.

  6. Reba Studebaker

    Just wanted to say, I love making my oatmeal with a handful of trail mix. Many friends who are also models enjoy oatmeal as their grain choice– just one a day for us.

  7. Rose Anne Cramer

    Boxed cereal is fast and fuss-free, but when I make a bowl of oatmeal myself, I know I’m not getting the preservatives and corn syrup junk.

  8. Mary Alice Tallmadge

    Hey Heidi, we have applied to adopt Jake and Max. And, they are doing just fine. Thank you for asking!

  9. Mary Alice Tallmadge

    Wade, my husband Rob signed them up for swimming lessons and soccer (at Saddleback Kids College). Should be fun!

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