Oat bran is a high-fiber food that can lower your cholesterol and provide a number of other health benefits. To get the most health benefits from oat bran, make it a part of your daily diet. Oat bran contains soluble fiber, which reduces the low-density lipoprotein (LDL), otherwise known as the "bad" cholesterol. The soluble fiber reduces the absorption of cholesterol into the bloodstream. When compared to oatmeal, on average oat bran has 50% more fiber and soluble fiber, making it much more efficient.
Once consumed, oat bran enters the digestive tract where its soluble fiber absorbs water and forms a gel-like substance, creating a feeling of fullness.
Oat bran absorbs its volume in liquid. The feeling of fullness and being less hungry leads to much less frustration while dieting.
Once ingested, the bolus (the gel-like substance created by the oat bran and water) passes through the gastric acid, bile, and finally the pancreatic juices. This turns the bolus into pulp and reduces it to a mix of elementary chains, fatty acids, amino acids and glucose.This process both slows down the sugar assimilation and removes calories from the body by reducing the absorption of dietary fat, while keeping your blood sugar levels low and stable.
How much oat bran should be eaten in each Dukan Diet phase?
Attack phase - 1.5 tablespoon / day
Cruise phase - 2 tablespoons / day
Consolidation phase - 2,5 tablespoons / day
Stabilization phase - 3 tablespoons / day
Ideal for breakfast as hot cereal or mixed with yogurt or cottage cheese. Oat bran can also be used to make pancakes, pizza crust, muffins, cookies and much more!
As the only source of carbohydrates during the Attack phase and Pure Protein days, oat bran brings an extra element of variety to the diet.