Oats is a superfood!

Oats: 8 reasons why it is a superfood

Food, Nutrology

In this blog, we don’t use the word “superfood” as much as you might see elsewhere. We think the word is often used without much foundation to boost the sales of something trendy. But we believe oats does really belongs to the superfood club.

Oats satisfy many of the requirements of a “superfood”. They have high nutritional value, they are cheap, versatile, taste good, and are easy to prepare. Another advantage of oats is that its production is better for the environment; less damaging than soy or corn. Fortunately, oats have recently become more popular.

8 Advantages of Oats

  • High nutrition

Just 40 grams of dry oats provides up to 83% of our daily mineral (manganese and molybdenum) requirement, a good range of B vitamins, 7 grams of protein and 5 grams of fiber. Oats contains a nice mix of both soluble and insoluble fiber.

  • Slows absorption of food

When the fiber hits our stomach and small intestine, it thickens whatever food is there, slowing its movement down the intestinal tract. This is advantageous for many reasons, but the biggest may be that it slows absorption of food, helping prevent spiking in our sugar levels.

  • Helps glucose control

The power of oats for glucose control is illustrated in the fact that before insulin was discovered, eating lots of oats was considered one of the more reliable ways to control blood sugar.

  • Helps you feel full

Oats are one of the best foods that bring satiety. A simple way to help keep appetite under control is a great benefit.

  • Helps weight control

As you might guess, since oats tend to make us feel full, they are useful in weight control. Several studies have shown that people who eat oats have a lower incidence of obesity.

  • Great for microbiome

As we discussed in a recent post on the microbiome, oats are considered “pre-biotics”. The oat fiber feeds the good bacteria that live in our large intestine, leading to better ecology of this internal microbiome.

  • Improves lipid profile

The soluble fiber in oats decreases total cholesterol as well as LDL (“bad” cholesterol). A Danish study of more than 50,000 adults showed a significant reduction in heart attack in those who regularly consumed oats.

  • Even better with additions

Oats and oatmeal are begging for healthy additions such as berries (like strawberries), chia seeds, cinnamon, dark cocoa powder, nuts or bananas. Adding any (or better, several) of these boosts the benefit of oats, and makes it taste better too.

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