Aside from being incredibly nutritious, oats also improve the digestive system and lower blood sugar
By Nicole Ganglani | Photo by Margarita Zueva/Unsplash
Oats are some of the healthiest and most versatile foods. Besides being the base for oatmeal, oats can be served in different ways such as baked oat bars or even smoothies. And aside from being incredibly nutritious, oats improve the digestive system, help lower blood sugar and reduce risk of heart disease. Here’s why you might want to consider eating more oats on a daily basis:
Oats significantly benefit your digestive system
Oats are some of the most nutrient-dense foods in your kitchen. For example, half a cup of dry oats (78 grams) is already composed of 51 grams of carbs, 13 grams of proteins, five grams of fat and eight grams of fiber. That they’re a great source of fiber (including fiber beta-glucan, which is strongly linked to improving cholesterol levels) and carbohydrates is enough reason to add more oats to your diet.
Oats keep you full for longer
The reason why oatmeal is often eaten during breakfast is that it’s filling and consists of vitamins that give you the energy you need for the day. Oats are also gluten-free and, because they’re whole grain, can keep you full throughout the day. Beta-glucan, a type of sugar found in oats, affects the release of peptide hormones (produced in the gut in response to eating), which helps you consume less calories.
Oats keep your heart healthy
Eating oatmeal regularly is proven to lower cholesterol levels or hyperlipidemia—one major cause of heart disease. Studies have also shown that the beta-glucan increases cholesterol-rich bile, which in turn prevents cholesterol from circulating in your blood. Because of this, oats help avoid inflammation in the arteries and may hinder the risk of heart attack and strokes. If consumed in a low saturated fat meal, three grams of soluble fiber from oats can also prevent high cholesterol and heart disease.
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