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Emily Field, Molly Bray, & Shannon Moore '10

The effects of 8 grams soluble, viscous fiber, provided as one serving of oatmeal, on blood lipid levels in 28 college staff

 The purpose of this study was to determine the effects of 8 grams viscous, soluble fiber on adult blood lipids provided in the form of Quaker Oats High Fiber Oatmeal.  Participants consumed one packet of Quaker Oats High fiber Oatmeal four times per weeks for five weeks in replacement of their typical breakfast carbohydrate.  Complete lipid profiles (Total cholesterol [TC], HDL, LDL, and Triglycerides [TG]) were measured and 24-hour diet recalls were obtained before and after oatmeal supplementation. HDL levels increased in 90% of the participants (n=25) and TG decreased in 60% (n=16).  Average daily fiber intake increased from 26 to 32 grams in males and from 20 to 27 grams in females. Recommended daily dietary fiber intake for males is 38 grams and 25 grams for females. Average dietary cholesterol intake decreased from 255mg to 167mg. There were no significant changes in blood lipids but there was a trend of increased HDL cholesterol levels. The lipid levels of this population did not change much with the addition of soluble, viscous fiber supplementation perhaps due to the excellent baseline lipid values of these participants. 

Emily Field and Shannon Moore presenting their research at Scholarship and Creativity Day April 28, 2010

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The effects of 8 grams soluble, viscous fiber, provided as one serving of oatmeal, on blood lipid levels in 28 college staff

Research Advisor: Amy Olson, PhD, RDN, LD