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October 1996 Issue

Fat and Fiber Square Off in the Fight Against Heart Disease

Q. I keep hearing that fiber can help prevent heart disease, but wasn't the recent craze for oat bran proved to be unfounded? A. Not at all. The oat bran craze may have gotten out of hand when manufacturers started adding it to potato chips, but the study that burst the bubble was widely misunderstood. It suggested that oat bran only lowered cholesterol levels because it replaced high-fat foods in the diet, not

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