Oats can benefit your health in lots of ways, which is why many health professionals recommend eating them as part of a healthy diet.
Whether you enjoy them as porridge, or as part of a taste recipe, there are endless ways to integrate oats into a healthy diet.
Here are just a few of the many ways oats can improve how you look and feel.
- They are low in fat
Oats are high in energy, but low in fat – that’s why porridge is one of the best foods for breakfast. An average bowl of porridge made with water is only 171 calories.
- They release energy slower and keep you full for longer
Oats release their energy slowly, due to having a high content of complex carbohydrates and soluble fibre. If you eat porridge for breakfast, you’ll stay fuller for longer, avoiding the urge to snack before lunch.
- They are a great source of vitamins and minerals
Oats are high in protein and rich in vitamins and minerals including calcium, zinc, iron, manganese, thiamine and vitamins B1 and E.
Oats contain folic acid, which is essential for healthy foetal development.
- They are good for blood sugar levels
Oats are a low-GI food – the lower the GI rating, the better the food is for blood sugar levels.
Foods with a low GI index help the body to keep energy levels steady, and keep the hunger pangs at bay for much longer.
They are often recommended for diabetics, as they have less impact on blood sugar levels than some other grains.
- They are great for healthy digestion
Oats contain more soluble fibre, which is essential for healthy digestion, than any other grain. Scientists have shown that soluble fibre can also help to reduce cholesterol and maintain a healthy heart when eaten as part of a low fat diet.
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