Health: Going Gaga over Oat Cuisine

A homely grain is a hot "cure" for high cholesterol

As children, many Americans greeted a bowl of oatmeal with an expression of disgust. "It's good for you," Mom would intone, but who believed her? The yucky greige sludge might be filling, but good for you? Forget it. They sure believe her now. Today cholesterol-conscious consumers are eagerly lapping up not only oatmeal but oat bran and oat muffins and oat cookies -- in fact, just about anything with oats in it. The once reviled grain has suddenly emerged as the hottest health food around. People are sprinkling it on cereal, mixing it with fruit, baking it in cakes, dissolving it...

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