So simple, so good for you.
They aren't the lastest superfood or the newest health craze yet these amazing whole grains that have been around forever are one of the healthiest foods on earth! Oats are full of fibre, antoxidants and are a whole food that is easy to make and tastes delicious.
So what exactly do oats do for you?
Oats contain antoxidants that are very beneficial in protecting against heart disease. Oats are also a good source of magnesium - key to enzyme function and energy production, and helps prevent heart attacks and strokes by relaxing blood vessels, aiding the heart muscle, and regulating blood pressure.
Oats are a low calorie food which slows digestion and keeps you feeling full longer therefore reducing cravings and helping you avoid a mid morning snack attack! Cholecystokinin, a hunger-fighting hormone, is increased with the oat's unique fibre compound called beta-glucan.
This amazing beta-glucan not only helps fight hunger it also binds to LDL (bad cholesterol) and helps remove it from your body therefore working to lower cholesterol.
The combination of high fiber and complex carbohydrates in oats slow down the conversion of this whole food to simple sugars, and beta-glucan delays the fall in blood sugar levels before meals and slows the rise after a meal therefore helping stabilize blood sugar and reduce risk of type-2 diabetes. With this in mind, diabetics should consume oats regularly.
Lignan, a compound found in oats "helps reduce chances of hormone-related cancers like breast, prostate and ovarian cancer", according to the American Cancer Society. Add in the high fibre that keeps your digestive system in good working order and you have an awesome cancer fighting food.
Oats are a rich source of both soluble and insoluble fibre, which helps in regulating your digestive system and regular elimination of toxins and waste in your body.
The most common way to enjoy oats is as oatmeal for breakfast. This is a great way to start your day - however be cautious how much sugar you put in your oatmeal - it is a quick way to turn a healthy food unhealthy. Instead of sugar opt for cinnamon, fresh fruit, (dried fruit and raisins can contain a lot of sugar so use them sparingly) seeds like hemp or chia, nuts or a little almond butter.
Here are some other easy, delicious ways to enjoy oats...