Eat Your Porridge What the British call porridge and Americans call oatmeal doctors now call “miracle.” At Kentucky University’s College of Medicine, Dr. James Anderson has found that oats contain a gummy material, a complex carbohydrate, which can lower the level of blood sugar and fats and reduce blood cholesterol by a third—just what patients with diabetes, heart disease and high blood pressure need. “This is the first time anyone has demonstrated that a particular food can lower blood cholesterol,” says the doctor. Anderson’s experiments indicate that beans also contain similar carbohydrates, but oats work better. After 10 years of research on diabetics, the doctor recommends a diet high in starchy carbohydrates but low in sugar (soluble carbohydrates). ATP (adenosine triphosphate) is the energy-rich source for muscle action. It is produced in the muscle fibers by small bodies called mitochondria and is formed in several ways. Fats in muscle tissue (adipose tissue) are broken down to become free fatty acids in the muscle and also in the blood. Eventually, in the muscle fibers they are oxidized to release energy to make ATP. Glucose from the blood
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