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Oats contain a special type of natural soluble fibre called beta glucan, found in the endosperm layer of the oat grain. Studies show that eating about 3g of beta glucan a day helps lower cholesterol re-absorption^. When cholesterol enters your digestive tract from food or as bile from the liver, some of it is re-absorbed via the bloodstream as part of the fat metabolism process. Beta glucan, found in oats, dissolves in the digestive tract where it forms a thick gel which binds to excess cholesterol. The gel and the cholesterol are then excreted as part of the body’s waste rather than being reabsorbed back into the body, helping to lower cholesterol re-absorption. The UNCLE TOBYS Team select breeds of oats specifically for their creamy taste and high beta glucan content. We also test a sample of our oats up to 3 times for their beta-glucan content, ensuring that only the highest quality oats make it into a box of UNCLE TOBYS oats.
^A 40g serve of oats provides a minimum of 1g beta-glucan. Oats can help lower cholesterol re-absorption as part of a healthy diet low in saturated fat, 3g of beta-glucan each day is required to help lower cholesterol re-absorption.
Cholesterol is a fatty substance produced naturally by your body and found in your blood. You can also get cholesterol from some foods. It is used for many different things in the body, but causes health problems when there is too much of it in the blood.
Saturated fat is the type of fat that clogs our arteries and raises our blood cholesterol levels. A diet high in saturated fat is the main cause of high cholesterol. Simple ways to reduce the amount we eat include switching from butter to margarine, choosing reduced fat dairy, and trimming visible fat from meat.
Enjoy healthy eating. Choose mainly plant-based foods, such as vegetables, fruits and legumes (dried peas, dried beans and lentils), and grain-based foods (preferably wholegrain), such as oats, bread, pasta, noodles and rice.
Consume moderate amounts of lean meats, poultry, fish and reduced fat dairy products, and include small amounts of polyunsaturated or monounsaturated oils and margarines.
In addition to eating a healthy diet (that’s low in saturated fat and includes good fats) and exercising regularly, there are some foods which have been shown to help lower cholesterol re-absorption in people with raised blood cholesterol levels.
Cholesterol is a fatty substance produced by the liver and is also present in some foods we eat. Your body needs a small amount of ‘good’ HDL cholesterol to:
Cholesterol in foods (dietary cholesterol) has only a small effect on your blood cholesterol, especially when compared with the much greater increase caused by saturated fat in food. Your body is able to make its own cholesterol so it’s best to avoid foods that may lead to high blood cholesterol levels. Visit your GP to have your cholesterol tested with a detailed blood lipid test, requiring you to fast for 12 hours prior. The test will measure your total cholesterol levels, ‘good’ HDL and ‘bad’ LDL cholesterol levels, as well as a type of blood fat called triglycerides. Adults aged 45 years and older are at greater risk of high cholesterol so it’s particularly important to be regularly tested if you are in this age bracket.
There are numerous considerations for recommended cholesterol levels with each individual’s situation requiring different professional advice. Your cholesterol levels should be considered as part of your total blood fat or lipid profile. In general terms the Heart Foundation’s suggested targets are:
The UNCLE TOBYS name and logo has significant historical significance, it was designed by Nellie Love, the niece of Clifford Love – the founder of UNCLE TOBYS, who was a keen artist and a student of literature. She suggested the name and designed the logo based on the great literacy character in the “Life of Times of Tristram Shandy” by Laurence Sterne, first published in 1759. In the book Uncle Toby is a gentle, uncomplicated lover of his fellow man. The original design of Uncle Toby standing with the Widow Wadman has seen little changes over the years, so has become a treasured representation of the UNCLE TOBYS heritage.