Oat bran, a leftover from oat production, unsuitable for making bread and unknown to French cuisine, had, for a long time, been reserved for feeding horses. It nevertheless has several health benefits!
The Anglo-American world has learnt to appreciate it and use it in medicine. It appeared in scientific literature for the first time in American studies which clearly prove its beneficial action on reducing cholesterol.
In 1980, when the study was circulated, there was a tidal wave of public recognition for this little known cereal. Stocks of oat bran ran out countrywide in just a few weeks, with the New York Times proclaiming "Oat-Bran-Mania. After that, cholesterol found its true master, statins which block its production, paying the price of various side effects which are sometimes so severe that most doctors hesitate to deal with such powerful weapons - "small cholesterols".
• Australian studies have demonstrated oat bran's
preventative action against diabetes through lowering the glycemic index of alimentary bolus.
• There are also English epidemiologists who have shown its role in protecting against cancer of the colon and rectum.
• And gastroenterologists attest to its gentle beneficial action on intestinal transit.
So many specific, recognised actions, which have so far only been used in isolation for each of the specialisms in question.
• Oat bran is now reappearing in France. Dr P. Dukan's observations and work over the last five years have allowed him to demonstrate its frontline interest in the fight against excess weight.
Slimming is made easier thanks to two combined actions. One of these is traditional, satiety through gastric repletion. The other is far more original and has a great future: intestinal caloric loss. The presence of oat bran in the intestinal bolus leads to modest calorie loss but can be repeated over the very long term..
A flurry of scientific work on all the preventative and therapeutic qualities of oat bran
• Effect of a diet rich in oat bran on the atherogenic profile of patients with a high risk of coronary diseases. Randomised study of 235 individuals. E.g.: Ann Nutr Metab. 2003;47(6):306-11
• Reduction of blood cholesterol with a diet including oat bran supplements and low in saturated fat. E.g.: Ann Nutr Metab. 2003;47(6):306-11
• Effect of oat bran on the blood sugar of non insulin-dependent type 2 diabetics. Ex : Ann Nutr Metab. 2003;47(6):306-11
• Dietetic fibres: much more than a question of dietetics. Preventive and therapeutic uses. E.g.: Ann Nutr Metab. 2003;47(6):306-11
• Role of high viscosity soluble fibres in metabolic diabetes control. Review focussing on cereals rich in β glucans, oat bran. E.g.: Ann Nutr Metab. 2003;47(6):306-11
• Oats: a unique case among cereals. E.g.: Ann Nutr Metab. 2003;47(6):306-11
• Food labelling: health claims authorised by the FDA. Soluble alimentary fibres (oat bran) and coronary heart disease. Final authorisation. E.g.: Ann Nutr Metab. 2003;47(6):306-11