Health Benefits of Oats

Oats are one of the most nourishing grains, they are nutrient packed and a great source of many vitamins, minerals and antioxidants. Many studies have shown that oats have many health benefits. One half cup of oats provides a nutrient packed 150 calories, 6 grams of protein and 4 grams of fiber. Oats have a low glycemic index which helps to provide a great source of energy for breakfast without increasing or dropping blood sugar. Below are 8 reasons why you should include oats in your diet.

 

  1. Oats are Nutritious
    • They are rich in vitamins, minerals and antioxidants
    • They are a good source of complex carbohydrates and fiber
    • ½ cup of oats provides manganese, phosphorus, magnesium, copper, iron, zinc, folate, vitamin B1 and vitamin B5 
  1. Oats can lower total and LDL cholesterol levels
    • Resulting in reduced risk of heart disease and heart failure.
    • Oats contain 2 grams of soluble fiber which forms a gel-like substance that helps to lower cholesterol
  1. Oats can help to improve blood sugars
    • They may help to improve insulin sensitivity
    • They may help to stabilize blood sugar and reduce the risk of type 2 diabetes
    • They can help to delay gastric emptying which can delay the absorption of glucose into the blood
  1. Oats are considered a soluble fiber
    • Beta-Glucan is a soluble fiber in oats
      • Beta-Glucan helps to reduce LDL and total cholesterol levels, helps to maintain good glucose levels, provides a feeling of fullness and it supports the growth of good bacteria in the digestive tract. 
  1. Oats are rich in antioxidants
    • Polyphenols and avenanthramides are antioxidants found in oats
    • These antioxidants help to lower blood pressure by increasing the levels of nitric oxide which helps to dilate blood vessels and allows better blood flow 
  1. Oats may help to aid in weight loss
    • Oats help to delay gastric emptying which in turn creates a feeling of fullness therefore less calories are consumed aiding in weight loss or maintenance
    • Oats promote the release of a satiety hormone that is produced in the gut in response to eating which may help to reduce caloric intake 
  1. Oats may help relieve constipation
    • Oat bran, the outer layer of the grain, may help to relieve constipation
    • Oats contain 2 grams of insoluble fiber which adds bulk to stool 
  1. Oats can improve immune response
    • Beta-glucan helps to increase infection-fighting blood cells
    • Selenium and zinc are minerals found in oats which help to fight off infection 

Oats are so versatile that you can add fruit and nuts to your oatmeal to have some different flavors. You can also use oats in cookies, bars, and even meatloaf.   

Try adding collagen hydrolysate to your oats for even more health benefits.  You not only get the health benefits of oats; you get the added health benefits of collagen! Check out the baked oatmeal recipe on our website. The baked oatmeal is nutrient dense; each serving is packed with 18 grams of protein, 9 grams of fiber, essential fatty acids, vitamins, minerals and antioxidants!

 

Sources:  Healthline.com, Powerofpositivity.com

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