Oat bran is a whole grain that is low in fat and great for lowering blood cholesterol. In fact, the American Heart Association recommends oat bran and other foods containing soluble fiber for people who have been diagnosed with high cholesterol. Research approved by the Food and Drug Administration has shown that three grams of soluble fiber per day, the amount in one cup of cooked oat bran, helps lower LDL cholesterol.

Things You'll Need

Hot cereal

Bring 1 cup of water or milk to a boil in a saucepan.

Slowly add 1/2 cup of oat bran, stirring frequently to prevent lumps.

Bring the temperature down to a simmer and continue to stir until the oat bran becomes thick.

Stir in more water or milk if desired to modify consistency.

Top with fresh fruit, nuts, cinnamon or other optional add-ons.

References and Resources

Cholesterol, Fiber and Oat Bran