Most people love muffins. They can be a breakfast food, a snack or even a dessert after dinner.  They are tasty, but most muffins purchased at  specialty shops are high in fat and sugar.  The trick is to eat them homemade where the cook is careful about fats and sugar yet still have an appealing food.  Recently the University of Queensland through their research, have announced that “good heart” muffins could help lower the risk of heart disease.  Dr. Nima Gunness, of the University of  Queensland Centre for Nutrition and Food Sciences, who  also loves baking, said that by adding oat bran  the “muffins contained three grams of beta glucans.”  They are “a healthy soluble fiber that occurs naturally in the cell walls of oats and cereals.”  In addition, they “meet the food standard guidelines for cholesterol-lowering properties.” Dr. Gunness said that there is sold evidence that eating three grams or more of oats beta glucan can help reduce cholesterol levels.  It is simple and easy to add oat bran to almost any recipe.  It dissolves easily.  When my children were young, I included organic oat bran in muffins, homemade spaghetti sauce and even biscuits or cookies.  They never noticed and neither did their friends.  The doctor’s work follows an earlier discovery by the university and the Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence in Plant Cell Walls.  The study demonstrated how beta glucan fiber in oats slows the absorption of fats to reduce blood cholesterol.  The doctor decided to take her discovery and make a product, like a muffin, so that people could eat a food that would help lower their cholesterol and help reduce the risk of heart disease.  She developed a low fat blueberry muffin.  Now the university’s commercialization company, UniQuest and a University Business School student are looking for opportunities for the muffins to be packaged, frozen and sold in groceries, cafes, bakeries and health food stores around Australia.  Obviously, individuals with high cholesterol should not go off their medication.  However, they can look at ways to naturally reduce their cholesterol.  The doctor is pleased with the success of her research.  The real trick for anyone looking to lower their cholesterol, but at the same time eat tasty food is to experiment.  I found, for example, that you can make low fat, low sugar Blueberry Muffins and by simply adding a small amount of oat bran you have a fiber friendly product that people enjoy. In Ireland, and the United States, everyone enjoys my muffins.  I make blueberry, date nut, cranberry nut, oat bran (that took experimenting to get it right), and corn.   In the Good Gus series, muffins hadn’t been invented.  The series is available exclusively on Kindle worldwide.  If your day is going in the wrong direction, eat fresh muffins to cheer you and read “Misplaced Trust” which is available on 24 Symbols, Apple, Nook, Kindle, Kobo, Page Foundry, Scribd and Tolino.