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Replacing Eggs, White Toast With Oatmeal For Breakfast May Save Your Life

People who eat oatmeal for breakfast may have lower risk of stroke. Researchers said people may enjoy more of its health benefits if they replace eggs and white toast from their morning meals. 

The new study, published in the journal Stroke, analyzed data from nearly 55,000 adults in Denmark. All participants did not report a history of stroke before the study. 

Researchers divided the participants into groups depending on the food they consumed for breakfast. The groups consumed either eggs, white bread, yogurt or oatmeal.

The team then observed the health of participants for nearly 14 years. During the study, 2,260 people experienced stroke. 

Among all participants, those who ate more oatmeal and less eggs and white bread were 4 percent less likely to have a stroke. However, those who replace yogurt with oatmeal did not show changes in their risk. 

“Our results indicate that shifting more people to choose oatmeal instead of white bread or eggs might be wise for population-level prevention of stroke, but the modest association means that for individuals, it is quite possible that other factors might be more important,” Christina Dahm, senior study author at Aarhus University in Denmark, told Reuters.

Researchers said oatmeal potentially reduced stroke risk because of its effects on cholesterol levels. 

“Cholesterol is a risk factor for ischemic strokes, and our results were stronger for ischemic stroke, which could indicate that the cholesterol-lowering effect of eating oats may have long-term impact on risk of ischemic stroke,” Dahm said. 

In the study, the participants who replaced one weekly serving of eggs or white bread with oatmeal showed 5 percent lower risk of ischemic stroke. However, there may be other factors that helped the oatmeal group avoid the health problem.

They potentially followed a healthier diet or lifestyle during the study, according to Michael Hill, a researcher at the University of Calgary in Canada, who wasn’t involved in the study.

“If true, this would mean that eating oatmeal just identifies a population of people who are healthy, rather than having a direct effect on the pathological processes leading to stroke,” he explained. 

Researchers did not determine how oatmeal directly caused changes in the body that led to lower stroke risk.

oatmeal Researchers found that people who replace eggs and white toast with oatmeal for breakfast may have lower risk of stroke. Pixabay