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Thursday, 11 February 2016

Benefits of Eating 'Oats'

Oats is a species of cereal grain widely known to be a health food loaded with nutritious properties. They contain more fibre than any other grain and contain vitamins of the B-family.

The vitamins contained in them play a vital role in metabolizing carbohydrates, proteins, fats and nucleic acids from your food. Oats distinctive nutty, grain-like texture and taste comes from being roasted post-harvest. The great thing about oats is that despite being hulled, they withstand the process and retain their bran and germ. Some healthy benefits of oats here:-

  • Lower Cholesterol: Consuming oats is an excellent way to kick-start your day. Just 3 grams of soluble oat fibre per day is seen to lower cholesterol significantly, making it great way to fight plaque build-up in your blood vessels and thus help protect from cardiovascular disease and stroke.

  • Better Alternative to Wheat: Oats contain more soluble fibre than any other grain, slowing down digestion and break up of sugars. It is known to stay in the stomach longer, which eventually lessens hunger and cravings too. It is not only great for people unable to digest gluten, but also those who are looking to reduce the amount of complex carbs in their diet, without going hungry.

  • Controls Blood Sugar: Beta- glucan is also seen to positively affect patients fighting diabetes. Type 2 diabetes patients who consumed oats in the form of oatmeal and oat bran-rich foods tend to present lower spikes in blood sugar compared to those who subsist on white rice and wheat. Consuming oats, as such, helps keep blood sugar levels under control for the rest of the day.

  • More Antioxidants: Avenanthramides are a unique antioxidant compound in oats and are known to prevent free radicals from damaging good choleseaterol. This further reduces the risk of cardiovascular disease.

  • Source : Huffington Post.

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