Muffin a day might keep heart doctor away

Muffin a day might keep heart doctor away
Posted at 7:53 PM, May 20, 2017
and last updated 2017-05-20 16:30:38-04

(RNN) - A muffin with special ingredients might help lower the risk of heart disease.

Australians will have the first opportunities to eat the low-fat blueberry "Good Heart" muffins, which a scientist perfected over several months. 

The muffins have three grams of beta glucans - a healthy soluble fiber that occurs naturally in the cell walls of oats and cereals. 

Evidence indicates that consuming three grams or more of oats beta glucan daily can help reduce cholesterol levels, Nima Gunness, a scientist at the University of Queensland Australia, said in a news release.

"I wanted to turn my discovery into a product, like a muffin, that people could eat to help reduce the amount of cholesterol in their blood stream, lowering the risk of heart disease," said Gunness, a baker. 

"We are not suggesting that people go off any cholesterol-lowering medication," she said. "Rather, we are aiming to provide a convenient, healthy and very tasty way of helpinig to reduce cholesterol levels."

Now an Australian company is working with her to sell the muffins, to be packaged and frozen, throughout that country. 

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