The best start to the day just got better. Oats for breakfast helps prevent artery disease, scientists have reported this week. The oats combat chronic inflammation, which can lead to the artery disease known as atherosclerosis, as well as many other health problems, too. Oats contain several healthy compounds, researchers at Tufts University in Boston, Mass, have discovered, including avenanthramides, which have anti-inflammatory qualities, as well as phenolic antioxidants, which stop blood cells sticking to artery walls. Earlier studies had discovered that oats lower blood cholesterol. (Source: USDA/Agricultural Research Services, February 16, 2010).