Oats

dsc_0367Most of the health benefits associated with oats have been attributed to their high fibre, phytonutrient, vitamin, and mineral content.  Beta-glucan is an important soluble fibre that is found in oats, which has been shown to lower total and LDL cholesterol levels thanks to its ability to bind to excess cholesterol in the gut and thus preventing its absorption. Recent research has shown that oats contain a unique phenolic compound known as avenanthramide (AVE), which may have anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties that provide positive health benefits. Oat products tend to have a low GI and cause a low blood glucose response when consumed, and thus provide more sustained energy over time as well as effective management of blood sugar levels in individuals with diabetes. 

Nutritional Information per 100 g

Macronutrients
Minerals

Vitamins

Scientific Literature

  1. The future of oats in the food and health continuum
  2. Oat Beta-Glucan: Its Role in Health Promotion and Prevention of Diseases
  3. Health benefits of dietary fibre
  4. Eat More Oats: They’re Really Good for You!
  5. Oats – From Farm to Fork 
  6. Reduction in circulating bile acid and restricted diffusion across the intestinal epithelium are associated with a decrease in blood cholesterol in the presence of oat β-glucan

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