What is Oatbran?
There is a lot of debate and confusion over what oatbran is and how it is milled and created. Here at Mornflake we’ve been milling oats for over 300 years so we like to think we really know our oats from our oatbran!
Our oatbran is made from the very best parts of our beloved cereal grain, the Oat. We’ve been perfecting this milling process for years so we can bring you the best oatbran there is to offer.
When the oats arrive from the farm one of the first jobs after cleaning is to remove the outer husk of the oat (this husk isn't oatbran as some reports suggest). What's left after this 'shelling' process is the 'groat' and it's the outer layer of the groat which contains the bran, hence the name Oatbran.
Separating this layer off the groat is pretty tricky and a bit of a ‘Mornflake’ family secret but when we're all done we're left with oatbran, one of the most underestimated foods around!
Why is oatbran Good?
Helps Lower Cholesterol
Oatbran works by absorbing excess cholesterol on its way through your body. It's a rich, natural source of beta glucan soluble fibre which has been shown to lower blood cholesterol*. Find out more below.
Reduces Risk of Heart Disease
Due to blood cholesterol lowering properties, Oatbran may reduce the risk of coronary heart disease when eaten as part of a healthy and balanced lifestyle.
High in Fibre
Oat bran is a good source of both of the two types of fibre, soluble and insoluble fibre. A40g serving of our pure oatbran contains 7.3g of dietary fibre.
What is Cholesterol?
Cholesterol is a fatty substance, also known as a 'lipid', that is used by the body to function normally. Our livers produce the majority of the cholesterol found in our bodies but we do also absorb some from the foods we eat.
Whilst foods such as red meat, eggs and prawns contain higher levels of cholesterol than other foods, this type of cholesterol is known as dietary cholesterol and has much less effect on your body than the amount of saturated fat you eat. Foods that are high in saturated fat include the likes of butter, cream, cakes and biscuits.
High blood cholesterol by itself does not cause any symptoms but it can increase your risk of serious conditions including heart attack and stroke.
Bad & Good Cholesterol
Cholesterol is carried in your blood by proteins. When these proteins combine with cholesterol, a lipid, they are referred to as lipoproteins. There are two main types of lipoproteins, which are sometimes referred to as "bad" or "good" cholesterol.
Bad Cholesterol - LDL (low-density lipoprotein)
LDL carries cholesterol from your liver to the cells that need it. When your blood contains too much cholesterol for your cells to use, it can build up on your artery walls, which can lead to them narrowing. This can affect blood flow around your body. This is why LDL is referred to as 'bad cholesterol' and you should aim to lower it.
Good Cholesterol - HDL (high-density lipoprotein)
HDL carries cholesterol away from your body's cells and back to the liver. Your liver then either breaks it down or passes it out of the body as waste. This is why HDL is referred to as 'good cholesterol' and higher levels are better. Your LDL and HDL can both be measured by a simple blood test and your doctor will be able to advise you of the recommended levels for you.
How can Oatbran help lower high levels of 'bad' Cholesterol?
Oatbran is one of the richest sources of a soluble fibre called Oat Beta Glucan that has been shown to help reduce low-density liprotein (LDL), the "bad" cholesterol*.
*As part of a varied and balanced diet and a healthy lifestyle, oat beta glucans have been shown to help lower blood cholesterol. Blood cholesterol lowering may reduce the risk of coronary heart disease. One 40g portion of Mornflake Oatbran provides 2.3g of beta glucans from oatbran, which is 76% of 3g, the suggested daily intake. One 45g portion of Mornflake Gold Very Berry Oatbran Muesli or Mornflake Gold Nuts & Seeds Oatbran Granola provides 1.1g of beta glucans from oats and oatbran, which is 36% of 3g, the suggested daily intake. One 45g portion of Mornflake Gold Cranberry & Nut Oatbran Muesli or Mornflake Gold Nuts & Honey Oatbran Crisp provides 1g of oat beta glucans from oats and oatbran, which is 33% of 3g, the suggested daily intake. One 40g portion of Mornflake Original or Very Berry Oatbran Flakes provides 1.0g of beta glucans from oatbran, which is 33% of 3g, the suggested daily intake. One 40g portion of Mornflake Sultana & Apple Oatbran Flakes provides 1.3g of beta glucans from oatbran, which is 36% of 3g, the suggested daily intake.