High blood pressure is a potentially-deadly condition that affects 31 per cent of men and 26 per cent of women in the UK.
Having elevated cholesterol levels raises your risk – but altering your diet to include oat milk could help.
Made from whole oats, it is a plant-based, dairy-free alternative to cow’s milk.
However, as well as being suitable for those with particular dietary intolerances or preferences, it could help lower cholesterol levels and therefore ward off high blood pressure.
“Oat milk contains more fibre than milk and some of the other alternatives,” said Cassandra Barns, a nutritionist.
“This includes a kind of fibre called beta glucan, which has been found to help control cholesterol levels.”
Beta glucan is found in the bran of common whole grains, like oats and barley.
She added that the drink is naturally sweet and creamy so it does not need added sugars or sweeteners.
But Barns warned that it contained “significantly less” protein than cow’s milk or soya milk.
Oat milk has about 1g per 100ml versus 3g per 100ml from other milks.
Another milk alternative higher in protein is almond milk, because it is produced from a nut not a grain.
Additionally, legumes, seeds, certain vegetables and soy products are all examples of other dairy-free items that are high in protein.
While consuming a large amount of animal protein has been linked to high levels of cholesterol, eating lots of plant-based fat and protein has been found to lower cholesterol.
Cholesterol is a fatty substance needed for making certain hormones, producing vitamin D, and building healthy cells.
If you have high cholesterol levels in your blood, the excess will stick to the walls of your arteries.
Over time, this hardens and causes the arteries to stiffen and narrow, meaning that blood no longer flows through them as easily as it once did.
As your heart struggles to push blood around your body, it could lead to high blood pressure.
Published at Fri, 10 Nov 2017 07:01:00 +0000