Most 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.
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