According to the New York Times (article on 8/8/96) and the Center for
Science in the Public Interest, Oatrim is not (yet, probably) available
for sale by itself. It was developed by the agriculture department and
is part of the _actual_ ingredient of this new milk, Replace. Replace
has thickeners and stabilizers in it as well as Oatrim.
Oatrim is basically hydrolyzed oat flour derived in such a way that it
separates the soluable dietary fibers from the oat bran itself; one of the
fibers is supposed to lower cholesterol. However, it is important to
note that there has only been one study done with Oatrim that included
only 37 subjects, who were also eating low-fat. The researchers are
not sure whether the effects are from Oatrim alone, from Oatrim in
combination with the lf lifestyle or just from the lifestyle change.
Apparently, Replace also is only effective in this milk if you are
drinking a glass plain -- if you add the stuff to cereal, coffee or other
foods the taste difference disappears.
Davina C. Lopez dlopez@xxxxxxxxx
Emory Women's Center, Box 24172 ph 404-727-2000
Atlanta, GA 30322 fx 404-727-2002