Can Oatmeal Reverse Heart Disease?

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Can Oatmeal Reverse Heart Disease?

Fiber continues to be singled out as a nutrient of public health concern. We’re getting only about half the minimum recommended intake on average. There is a fiber gap in America. Less than 3 percent meet the recommended minimum. This means that less than 3 percent of all Americans eat enough whole plant foods, the only place fiber is found in abundance. If even half of the adult population ate 3 more grams a day—a quarter cup of beans or a bowl of oatmeal—we could potentially save billions in medical costs. And that’s just for constipation! The consumption of plant foods, of fiber-containing foods, may reduce the risk for diabetes, heart disease, stroke, cancer, and obesity as well.

The first to make this link between fiber intake and killer disease was probably Dr. Hugh Trowell. He spent 30 years practicing medicine in Africa and suspected it was the Africans high consumption of corn, millet, sweet potatoes, greens, and beans that protected them from chronic disease. This twisted into the so-called “fiber hypothesis,” but Trowell didn’t think it was the fiber itself, but the high-fiber foods themselves that were protective. There are hundreds of different substances in whole plant foods besides fiber that may have beneficial effects. For example, the fiber in oatmeal can lower our blood cholesterol levels so that less gets stuck in our arteries, but there also are anti-inflammatory and antioxidant phytonutrients in oats that can prevent atherosclerotic build-up and then help maintain arterial function (see Can Oatmeal Reverse Heart Disease?).

Visionaries like Trowell were not entrapped by the reductionist “simple-minded” focus on dietary fiber and insisted that the whole plant foods should receive the emphasis. Fiber intake was just a marker for plant food intake. Those with the highest fiber intake and the lowest cholesterol were those whose who ate exclusively plant-based diets.

Risk factors like cholesterol are one thing, but can these individual foods actually affect the progression of heart disease, the #1 killer of Americans? We didn’t know until 2005. Hundreds of older women were subjected to coronary angiograms, where we inject dye into the coronary arteries of the heart to see how wide open they are. Each participant got an angiogram at the beginning of the study and one a few years later, all while researchers analyzed their diets. The arteries of women eating less than a serving of whole grains a day significantly narrowed, whereas the arteries of women who ate just a single serving or more also significantly narrowed, but they narrowed less. These were all women with heart disease eating the standard American diet; so, their arteries were progressively clogging shut. But, there was significantly less clogging in the women eating more whole grains, significantly less progression of their atherosclerosis. A similar slowing of their disease might be expected from taking cholesterol-lowering statin drugs. But, do we want to just slow the rate at which we die from heart disease, or do we want to not die from heart disease at all?

A strictly plant-based diet has been shown to reverse the progression of heart disease, opening arteries back up. Yes, whole grains, like drugs, can help counter the artery-clogging effects of the rest of the diet. Having oatmeal with bacon and eggs is better than just eating bacon and eggs, but why not stop eating an artery-clogging diet altogether?

Oatmeal offers a lot more than fiber, though. See Oatmeal Lotion for Chemotherapy-Induced Rash and Can Oatmeal Help Fatty Liver Disease?

Trowell’s work had a big influence on Dr. Denis Burkitt. See Dr. Burkitt’s F-Word Diet.

This reminds me of other interventions like hibiscus tea for high blood pressure (Hibiscus Tea vs. Plant-Based Diets for Hypertension) or amla for diabetes (Amla Versus Diabetes). Better to reverse the disease completely.

And, for an overview of how whole plant foods affect disease risks, be sure to check out the videos on our new Introduction page!

In health,

Michael Greger, M.D.

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Michael Greger M.D., FACLM

Michael Greger, M.D. FACLM, is a physician, New York Times bestselling author, and internationally recognized professional speaker on a number of important public health issues. Dr. Greger has lectured at the Conference on World Affairs, the National Institutes of Health, and the International Bird Flu Summit, testified before Congress, appeared on The Dr. Oz Show and The Colbert Report, and was invited as an expert witness in defense of Oprah Winfrey at the infamous "meat defamation" trial.

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  1. I eat plant based, no sugar, salt, flour and oil (also no meat, no dairy, no eggs). But I do change from mostly whole grains to mostly vegetables. I change the ratios of seeds and nuts (and the variety).
    Of course, I supplement with B12 and D3.

    My findings of “best” foods (based on how I feel after regular massive consumption)?: Matcha tea, cocoa powder, blueberries, bananas, broccoli, spinach and by far, far, the best……….oats.

    Of course I do eat legumes, sweet potatoes, etc. But regular oat consumption seem to bring benefits that no other can.

    For example, something in oats with VitC seem to make you completely inmune to catching a cold. I’ve tried loads of VitC rich foods WITHOUT eating oats: It didn’t work.

    So, are oats better than broccoli?. Well, I eat both but I tried a diet without broccoli and a diet without oats. Oats win, as long as they are combined with a VitC source.

    While I do eat a variety of really healthy foods, I believe that oats must have something very, very powerful and unique in them that has not been discovered by science yet.

    The only other superfood I eat and I would compare to oats in how it makes me feel is natto. But I doubt many people will be able to eat it :). And still, I think oats are better.

    1. I agree with you and I am preparing to a scientific article about oat. On the advice of a well-known engineer, I started to add oat in most of my meals. The man was in late 80, he departed at 96, rupture of an aneurysm, in few seconds, I was a young academic medical doctor, travelling when I was not in lab working all around the clock. This genius explained to me how oat healed his digestive sickness, but also his alertness. These data were able to direct me to some research. It was easy in my program to make few lab tests. My peers were kidding me, at that time it was not possible to present a paper about the effect of oat on inflammatory diseases. Instead, I designed recipes to treat myself and few patients to use oat as groat, thickener, etc I am no sure if Oat or Avocado is the first superfood, I posted on my Facebook page a recipe of a smoothie with oatmeal, avocado, and chocolate, it is an example to have a delicious healthy breakfast or snack.

      1. The thing with oats is that when you compare them to leafy greens or fruits, it doesn’t seem to have a comparable nutritional profile.

        It doesn’t have many vitamins or minerals.
        It does have beta-glucan, avenanthamides and lignants but you don’t see them rank high in comparisons with other foods.

        That said, I do eat ground flax, hibiscus tea, fruits, leafy greens. At least for me, some small quantity of boliled japanese kombu seem to work very well regarding iodine.

        Natto is the other one which benefits can’t be obtained from other foods (at least for me). Maybe it’s the K2, but I do notice muscle weakness when I don’t eat it for a long time. And muscle weakness is strongly related to bone health.
        I’ve tried loads of leafy greens (which contain K1 that your body converts to K2) and….it doesn’t work that well.

        So, I upped my oat and natto consumption (oats twice a day and natto once a day).
        I also upped my exercise. I reduced a little my fruit and vegetables consumption (only a little).

        This is my experience, what seems to work for me, and it sould be noted that it is a work in progress :).

      2. I have been faced with constipation problems and hard bowel movements. drinking more water and fiber but I see where bread can be problematic even though we use sprouted grain like ezekiel. I started adding some oats to my morning smoothie of mostly fruits, spinach, almond or coconut milk. Also 1 tsp MCT oil.

        1. oldman, have you tried probiotics? Our bowel movements are mostly bacteria, and perhaps you have a predominance of the families of bacteria that come from eating animal protein.

          Generally, eating a whole plant foods only diet will bring a change to your gut bacteria to a more favorable type, but perhaps a nudge with quality probiotics for a few weeks would turn the tide.

          My experience is that it can take a long time for that change after taking antibiotics unless you make a serious effort, using probiotics, fermented foods such as raw sauerkraut and kimchi, and skipping the animal protein.

        2. There’s always the old standby…prunes. Dosage is an issue…when I pay attention to what I eat..I can dose the prunes accordingly. Overindulge with peanuts…a couple of prunes are in order.

          I like prunes…could eat a whole container…but this would be a real mistake.

          Also there is this:

          I think one of the worst things an older person can do is let constipation get out of control…lot of potential damage done if you don’t deal with it?

          I had an uncle die of an abdominal aneurysm…too much sports watching and probably constipation issues.

          1. Good call on the prunes Fred. I’ve been eating them daily since reading a number of years ago that eating as few as six per day protects bone.

            I’ve recently discovered an almond butter product that is very dry even though it has some palm oil (MCTs?) added. I eat a teaspoon of the almond butter and two fat prunes at the same time. It’s one of my favorite snacks… unadulterated peanut butter concoction being the other.

      3. Hi, where are the recipes? What else did he tell you about nutrition? How/what was his general eating habits besides lots of oats(e.g. water intake, salt intake, exercise or not, what else did he eat?)? Thank you

    2. Watch what oats you buy?

      According to Tom Ehrhardt, co-owner of Minnesota-based Albert Lea Seeds, sourcing grains not desiccated with glyphosate prior to harvest is a challenge.

      “I have talked with millers of conventionally produced grain and they all agree it’s very difficult to source oats, wheat, flax and triticale, which have not been sprayed with glyphosate prior to harvest,” he said. “It’s a ‘don’t ask, don’t tell policy’ in the industry.”

      1. Thanks for the info and link, Fred. I ust read the report by Ecowatch which you quoted from in your post. I had no idea glyphosates were permitted in organic food. I was aware of the fugal toxin Ochratoxin A found in some oat products (alerted through NF). I was relieved to learn from ConsumerLab s when they published their test results in Aug. 2016 that of the brands tested they found zero to negligible levels of Ochratoxin A. But now I have to content with glyphosates in my organic oatmeal every morning. Jeez, makes me angry.

        1. To add to the bad news, there are also GMOs in some supplements. This information came from Emerson Ecologics, a company that stocks many brands of supplements sold to healthcare professionals.

    3. I do not agree with the fact of eating the vit b12 or d3 in supplement, if you want really live naturally you will have to eat natural! no products manufactured in factories!

  2. The problem with oatmeal is they’re chock full of letins; and many studies show that they compromise the integrity of the gut lining, which in turn leads to inflammation and heart disease among many others.

      1. pm, Lectins aren’t all bad. Dr Pam Popper, who also promotes well researched plant based whole food diets, similarly to Dr Greger, recently did a brief talk about lectins. Some, yes, have negative effects, but overall, many of them are quite beneficial. My guess is that the lectins in oats are among the helpful ones.
        Check this out: She starts the lectin topic at minute 2.

    1. There are many different specificities of lectins. The ones that bind to gut cells are those specific for chitin-like sugar molecules (similar to N-acetylglucosamine) of the proteins that stud the surface of enterocytes. Oatmeal is one of the few grains that don’t bind to chitin or subunits of chitin; however gluten, wheat germ lectin and nightshade vegetables do (also rice and squashes). see:

      There’s a theory as to why acetylglucosamine supplement helps with arthritis, which is that free acetylglucosamine acts as a decoy to bind chitin-specific lectins before they can enter the body and bind to joint acetylglucosamine residues, which would incite inflammation.

      1. @Rebecca & Rochelle,

        Thanks for setting me straight on oatmeal.

        To celebrate my new found knowledge, I just had a large bowl with raisons and I feel good.

  3. I love me some oats. Been a bit frustrated though since even the gluten-free, organic ones make me very ill as a celiac. Argh! I do other high fiber foods and stick to the gluten-free grains and pseudo grains, but I really have been bummed I can’t do oats…at all. Argh!

      1. Many people with diabetes have trouble eating oats. I suspect it is not the oats thst are the problem but what they put on thrir finished bowl of oats, or all the other foods that make up their daily food intake. I for one come from a long line of diabetics and have totally stopped that trend by whole plant based plan. By eating a bowl of oats in the morning topped only with blueberries my morning meal lasts several hours longer per energy needs than any other morning meal which also helps regulate blood sugars and helps me slim down.

  4. I am trying to understand the specific mechanism by which plant foods actually cause reversal of plaque in the arteries. Thanks so much.

    1. hi Susan, I cant answer your question, but as a person who has had heart surgery AND enjoys a wfpb diet , I found this video very interesting Dr Colin Campbell of China Study fame is a guest on the show. To me its a good one because I believe people have misconceptions around the use of the phrase ‘Reversal of heart disease’ popularized by some authors, and how that translates to a diseased heart . They do discuss how blockages remain in spite of aggressive lifestyle interventions, and how heart disease is not “cured”

      1. Thanks so much. I will watch the video.

        Susan Johnston, Ed.D 714-658-6970 * * Compassion & ​Choices Communit y​ Outreach Volunteer

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      2. *Even Dr McDougall has said before on a video that his own arteries would be plaque filled from his younger days.. From what I understand, eating the way the plant based doctors would have us eat, the plaques stabilize firmly so they do not present danger of rupturing causing a heart attack.
        I was told before my operation that my arteries had formed many corollery vessels which is probably why I could swim lengths and run right up to the month of my quad bypass, my blood pressure 110/70 , etc.
        I have considered well the comments of Dr Colin Campbell (who I greatly esteem) in my own journey to health. How do we define ‘reversal’? What constitutes a ‘cure? Do I hold hopes that my left descending artery (95% blocked) will clear out after years of being on wfpb diet ? Frankly, no. But it may be possible, and perhaps likely, that micro vessel disease is healed/prevented and angina pain along with it for example.

        1. Thanks so much. But the Ornish research and Dr. Joel Kahn consistently refer to plaque reversal. I am simply trying to understand how the WFPB diet causes the plaque to dissolve and leave the arteries.

          Susan Johnston, Ed.D 714-658-6970 * * Compassion & ​Choices Communit y​ Outreach Volunteer

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    2. Susan,

      As an example of one of the mechanisms for plaque removal consider the levels of vitamin K , specifically K2 in the WFPB diet.

      Please see these studies:

      and this study ‘Menaquinone-7 Supplementation Improves Arterial Stiffness in Healthy Postmenopausal Women: Double-Blind Randomised Clinical Trial as two examples of how a plant based diet has a direct effect.

      As a note, see this listing of where you find K2 naturally:

      1) Green Leafy Vegetables (Kale) ½ c: 444 mcg (over 100% DV)
      2) Natto (fermented soy) 2 oz: 500 mcg (over 100% DV)
      3) Spring onions (Scallions) ½ c: 103 mcg (over 100% DV)
      4) Brussels Sprouts. ½ c: 78 mcg (98% DV)
      5)Cabbage. …
      6) Broccoli. …

      Dr. Alan Kadish moderator for Dr. Gerger

      1. I so appreciate you taking the time to respond to my question. I am trying to understand how foods and supplements mechanically work to dissolve plaque in the arteries. I am on a WFPB diet and am not questioning the research. I am just trying to understand the exact method of how the food and supplements work to *dissolve* the plaque, not the foods and supplements that do that.

        Susan Johnston, Ed.D 714-658-6970 * * Compassion & ​Choices Communit y​ Outreach Volunteer

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  5. This is all very persuasive and indeed something I had believed for years. But then I googled ‘fibre menace’ and this directly contradicts everything here about the benefits of fibre – and references peer-reviewed studies so now I am not sure what to think! Dr McGregor should address this direct contradiction…that would be a real service

    1. Here is the thing about the internet & media in general. You can find an argument that supports whatever you want to believe.

      I sometimes think NutritionFacts is guilty of this, but the science papers are panned on the videos and linked on the blog posts. I googled ‘fibre menace’ and found the gutsense website which had a link to a medical disclaimer the author is not a doctor and to rely on the information at your own risk…

      For this issue anyway, it seemed pretty clear to me what to think.

      1. Yes he is not a doctor but he is a researcher and he quoted peer reviewed studies – which is why it would be useful for Dr McGregor to comment. Let me give you an unrelated answer. High blood pressure is linked to strokes.
        Agreed. BUT a recent set of studies says salt does NOT cause high blood pressure despite numerous health charities saying it does. Blood pressure is symptomless therefore IF the salt not causing high BP is wrong people might follow it and…get a stroke. That’s how important it is that medical experts respond to questions.

        1. George McWhirter,

          If you will go to and search both blood pressure and salt you’ll find videos with references to plenty of good research on the subjects. Dr Greger (not McGregor) has a number of videos related to both salt and blood pressure.

          Dr Greger is very thorough in vetting the research, to be sure it hasn’t been paid for by some entity with a vested interest. This happens a lot in the field of nutrition, turning what appears to be valid research into a clever marketing ploy. If you watch his introductory videos you’ll learn more about how carefully he does this.

          I hope this helps.

  6. I do not like to write anything derogatory about Dr Greger because I love the site and his recent book.

    I consume only whole plant-based products including nuts, seeds and avocado. I have oat steel-cut or groats every morning but I am having difficulty believing that three grams of additional fiber every day is going to make a significant difference to people consuming the typical Western Diet (SAD).

    1. Richard, I think it is more than the fiber at play here. If you do oats and put them in the fridge you will probably notice they become glue-like.

      Not sure what this is but I believe it is very important to the process you reference.

      1. I am simply referring to the article that said the three grams of fiber made the difference without getting into the details of resistant starch which I do not recall the article mentioning.

  7. I occasionally make the effort to cook up some oatmeal with a lot of spices and oil mixed in… (ginger, Ceylon cinnamon, allspice, nutmeg — some MCT oil mixed with Walnut oil in a ratio of 2:1)

    And I often eat oatmeal raisin cookies with a huge cup of hibiscus tea.

    But lately I discovered coconut dark chocolate cookies that I believe will put the kind of insoluble fiber in my gut that will help me create butanoic acid, the like of which Dr Greger has commented on in other videos or blogs.

    I’m liking the looks of my stool much more since adding this to my diet.

      1. It’s actually a product… Voortman Bakery. It says “New look! Improved recipe. Baked with real shredded coconut. No artificial colors or flavors.
        No high-fructose corn syrup.

        Still, the number 1 ingredient is enriched wheat flour. Then sugar and then shredded coconut.

        I’m trying to think how to make this into something I’m more comfortable eating… like running organic shredded coconut through a coffee bean grinder and using that as my flour. Using molasses as sweetener, some chunks of unsweetened dark chocolate… maybe a few other tweaks like herbs as the mood strikes me while creating.

  8. I would really appreciate knowing the science behind the reported toxicity of lectin. The new book the plant paradox I guess addresses this. I would like to hear Dr. Gregor’s input on this. Thank you

  9. Hi, Dr. Greger, Spoke to you on the cruise about pineapple. Have your researchers come upon the research indicating that the bromelain enzyme in pineapple dissolves cholesterol, grease, oil, etc. and opens up arteries so that pitting edema doesn’t occur?

  10. I keep it simple. Every morning I place 1/2 cup of good old fashioned oats in a bowl with one of these–blueberries or strawberries, or banana or some raisins. (Ground Flax too). Pour some water or mashed up banana or almond milk (I make my own) and then head to shower. After, I come out to eat–no cooking– the oats soak up the liquid and are nice and tender but not gooey. In my mind this is more natural to eat oats this way. I don’t know but I feel good. I’ve been told that you can’t eat raw oats. I just say I’m lazy and don’t want to cook. Some people do it overnight in the frig. Be well friends. That’s what it is all about.

    1. Pat, rolled oats are steamed in the process of rolling them, so they aren’t raw.

      In a video I watched a long time ago Anne Esselstyn said her husband, one of the doctors who turns around seriously ill heart patients, used to drive to work eating a bowl of uncooked oatmeal every morning! Would that be considered distracted driving? I guess he didn’t cause any accidents, and he’s still out there helping patients in his mid 80s, slim and vital.

  11. I was told by a dietition that cheese is good because it is fermented. I’ vegan so woyldn’t eat cheese, but curious if there is any truth to this?

    1. I am big on fermentation, but cheese is far from a health food! Concentrated milk, which alone is horrid, is never going to be health promoting, no matter what. I enjoy delicious fermented seeds and or nut combo’s that approximate the flavors of cheese occasionally, a much better option.

    2. Hi Sofie: I’m a registered dietitian and one of the nutrition moderators on the site. Although cheese may be tasty to some people, it is definitely not a health food because of the high amounts of saturated fat and salt. You can find more info here. You also might be interested in checking out The Cheese Trap. Hope this helps!

      1. ​Right on ​. The China Study research proves without a shadow of a doubt that cheese, because it takes 10 pounds of milk to make one pound of cheese, not only triggers diabetes, but makes cancer tumors grow. It’s not only the saturated fat, it’s the protein that is the problem. ​ .
        ​The cow is the only creature that has a growth factor (IGF-1) identical to humans, and ​ ​o ​ur cells are not in control when dairy is in our bodies. There is​ 1/10th of the morphine in cheese of a usual ‘hit’ of it and that’s why it’s so addictive. Much better to bite the bullet and say, “This is poison. I will not support a product, no matter how much I crave it, that will cause and promote ear infections in my children; leukemia, pneumonia, breast and endometrial cancer in my daughter, prostate cancer in my husband and sons, We’ve all been through the problems of cheese withdrawal. I and a medical professional friend used to circle the cheese sample tray at Whole Foods in Alexandria, and make a pig of ourselves, even though we wouldn’t buy it, until I got 2 different types of cancer. it was difficult to give up that pleasure center triggering in our brains and easy now that I’ve replaced that craving for pleasure with other safe foods and activities. It’s such a relief to know that cancer will not grow once the cow dairy is out of our systems.,Dr. Flora Mason Van Orden, Certificates in Plant Based Nutrition from eCornell, and Nutrition in Clinical Practice from GWU Medical Center.

        1. Dr. Flora…

          I stopped eating dairy the day after I learned of Dr. Campbell’s research in Forks Over Knives. However, isn’t it a bit of a stretch to state ” It’s such a relief to know that cancer will not grow once the cow dairy is out of our systems.” There are many other food related reasons cancer cells grow besides dairy protein. This is why I am questioning your statement. It seems to simplistic to me. What are your thoughts?

  12. I don’t like oatmeal. But I watched what this lady does and might try it. Maybe I’ll try it and kget the vitamin c effect like the first commenter.

    1. Sofie,

      Please skip the cheese! It’s full of salt and saturated fat, and worse yet, animal protein, especially all dairy, stimulates cancer growth.

      Please check out the work of T Colin Campbell, joint author of The China Study and Whole, two very important books. He was a biochemistry researcher in nutrition at Cornell for over 40 years. He started out favoring animal protein, thinking we all need more of it, but his research showed over and over, and was confirmed by others, that animal protein stimulates cancer growth. And, of course, it also contributes mightily to heart disease, obesity, high blood pressure, and now is known to be the primary cause of type 2 diabetes.

      Following is a link to a short video about dairy. Campbell is in his mid 80s and still sharp and busy traveling, speaking all over the world on the importance of a whole foods plant based diet.

  13. I like to put raw cacao powder in my oatmeal along with cinnamon and ground flax seed and chopped walnuts. Sounds weird but I love my “chocolate” oatmeal.

  14. I love overnight oats. Quality oats, some chia seed, some dried mixed fruit, non-dairy milk, in the morning it is goegeous. No need to cook. Quick to prepare.

  15. I can’t say enough about my morning breakfast: gluten-free organic rolled oats (raw) with pure organic soy milk (no additives–just soybeans and water,) a tbsp of ground flax seed, a tsp of chia seed, and whatever fruit I want. This morning as I read this, it’s a bag of frozen blueberries, black raspberries, and blackberries. Somewhere I read a recipe for overnight oats, but I tried them without soaking and I am in heaven every morning at breakfast. In the fall, I love the same oat recipe with chopped pears and a quarter tsp each of ginger and cinnamon. Am I in heaven??!?

    1. My morning oatmeal sounds a lot like yours. However, I have not found a way to enjoy the frozen berries in the oatmeal although I would like to. If I defrost them, they are too mushy. If I don’t do anything they are too cold. Wondering how you use them?

      1. I put frozen fruit (berries, mango) in a bowl in the fridge in the evening. In the morning it is defrosted without getting mushy.
        Then I put them in my morning muesli, and add soy milk and crushed walnuts and pumpkin seeds.

  16. For anyone interested, here is my recipe for oatmeal:

    I start by putting 2 dried cloves into boiling water along with a 1/4 cup of dry oatmeal (I prefer steel cut). While the oatmeal & cloves are cooking, I mix in a small bowl a tsp of erithritol, a 1/2 tsp of ground cardamom, a heaping 1/2 tsp of ground turmeric, a heaping 1/4 tsp of ground cinnamon, and several shakes of freshly ground black pepper (probably about 1/8 to a 1/4 tsp). I mix the spices together well, then add the cooked oatmeal. Once everything is mixed well, I add some kind of nut milk (usually almond), and then 2-3 tbsp of flax seeds. I call it my Indian oatmeal.

  17. I’ve got nothing against oatmeal but I doubt that atherosclerosis is caused by a nutritional deficiency of oatmeal! The primary cause of heart disease is multiple, nutritional deficiencies. Dr. Thomas E. Levy in his book, Stop America’s #1 Killer, references over 650 studies published in medical and scientific journals that prove conclusively that coronary heart disease is caused by multiple nutritional deficiencies. On page 253 he lists 33 nutritional supplements, available at any health food store, “…for optimizing the ability of the artery to regenerate itself and reverse any existing atherosclerosis…the typical diet does not even come close to supplying enough of these essential vitamins, minerals and nutrients.” As someone with a family history of heart disease, I have been taking this list of supplements since 2000. I am now 63 years old and recently had an MRI. The doctor declared, “Ray, your arteries are as clean as a whistle!” Needless to say, I am a big fan of Dr. Levy and am dedicated to disseminating this important information. So, I give away free paperback copies of his book (this book is not available as an e-book). If you want a free copy of Stop America’s #1 Killer, just email me at, leave your name and physical address and I will snail-mail it to you right away. Be Well!

    1. Or you can prevent and/or reverse heart disease with a delicious whole food diet of plants only – as Dr Esselstyn and Dr Ornish have shown in their research work with patients who had serious heart disease. Personally, I couldn’t take all those supplements. I can’t swallow them and I couldn’t afford them!

  18. Some people who have Celiac disease are also sensitive to the avenin protein in oats, in which case oats should be avoided as well as grains containing gluten.

  19. To correct, people who have this disease or who are sensitive to gluten (my saliva IG levels are high and reacting to gluten). Test your gluten sensitivity.

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