Oats: With their mushy yet hearty texture when cooked, oats are most prized for their nutritional value and health benefits. It’s not just us who recommend them, but the benefits of these humble grains are backed by various scientific studies.
Let’s simplify this.
What are oats?
Oats are a whole-grain cereal, known scientifically as Avena sativa. They are mostly consumed as oatmeal (porridge), or in baked goods, bread, muesli, and granola.
Types of Oats
Based on the processing techniques, oats are of various forms;
Oat Groats: Whole grain oat kernels with the bran intact
Steel cut: Oat groats that are cut smaller using a steel blade
Rolled or Old fashioned: Oat groats that are steamed, rolled and flattened into flakes
Instant or Quick: Oat groats that are steamed for a longer period and rolled into thinner pieces to absorb water easily thus quick cooking
Now you’re up to speed with facts about oats, let’s get to their benefits.
Oats reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease, lower blood cholesterol, and blood pressure
Oats help to stabilize blood sugar levels and reduce the risk of type 2 diabetes
Being high on fiber, oats contribute to bowel regularity and the prevention of constipation
Oats is a low-calorie food which slows digestion and makes you feel full longer
Thus, reducing your cravings = shedding a few kilograms
Oats help reduce itching and inflammation, thus great for your skin
Oats are gluten-free and a quick fix meal. Add fruits, cinnamon, honey or your favorite whey protein and enjoy your delicious bowl of oats.
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