How many of you have a healthy bowl of oats everyday in the morning, topped with fresh fruits? Not many, right? You can start this healthy choice today itself. It is proven that Oats are among the healthiest grains on earth. They’re a gluten-free whole grain and a great source of important vitamins, minerals, fiber and antioxidants that not only help with weight reduction but are beneficial for those with sugar problems and heart diseases. Here is all you need to know about oats.
The scientific name for oats is Avena sativa. The most intact and whole form of oats- oat groats, take a long time to cook. Oats grow in temperate regions like the United States and Canada, and can withstand poor soil, making them a particularly hearty crop. Oats are steamed, flattened, and sliced in different ways, producing the several types of oats like regular oats, quick oats, and instant oats. Thus people prefer to eat the instant oats which take a short time to cook and become mushy after being prepared; but the health benefits are still the same. Oatmeal is often referred to as Porridge and is prepared by boiling the oats in water and then having it with milk and fresh fruits.
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Oats are a rich source of soluble and insoluble fibre. This helps in regulating bowel movements and hence prevents constipation.
Oats contain a healthy amount of antioxidants that are beneficial for heart disease. The dietary fibers help lower the bad cholesterol without affecting the good cholesterol; thus keeping the heart in check. Oats are a rich source of magnesium, which is key to enzyme function and energy production. This helps prevent heart attacks and strokes.
The nutrient composition of oats is well-balanced. They are a good source of carbs and fiber and include the powerful fiber beta-glucan. They also contain more protein and fat than most grains. Oats are loaded with important vitamins, minerals and antioxidant plant compounds.
A daily breakfast of oats can help combat the problem of hypertension and in turn, lower its risks.
Oats may help lower blood sugar levels, especially in people who are overweight or have type 2 diabetes. Oats contain high fibre and complex carbohydrates that slows down the conversion of this whole food to simple sugars. The beta-glucan delays the fall in blood sugar levels before meals and slows the rise after a meal.
Oats can make you feel full for a long time; thus it curbs the urge to eat more making you achieve those weight loss goals.
People suffering from disorders of the digestive tract including the esophagus, stomach, and intestines should avoid eating oats all together. If you have certain digestive problems that tend to extend the length of time it takes for your food to be digested; then having oats could block your intestine.
If you are avoiding gluten due to a medical reason, oats are often the victim of cross-contamination. Oats have products that contain gluten (wheat, barley, or rye) during processing. In such cases, it’s critical to consume oats especially those that are marked gluten free.
As is the case with any type of food- having too much of it can certainly cause more weight gain than loss. Thus eating overly large servings of oats can lead to weight gain, as can topping it with too many fatty or sugary treats when someone doesn’t like the taste of plain oats.
Oats can be enjoyed in several ways. The most popular way of having your morning bowl of oats is to simply eat oatmeal (porridge) for breakfast.
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