Oats are a whole grain and also considered to be a super grain in my books! The oat kernel is made up of three components: the oat bran, oat endosperm, and oat germ. In comparison to other sources of whole grains, oats are higher in protein and contain a healthier fat content. Additionally, oats are known for their soluble and insoluble fibre content.
Benefits of fibres:
Soluble fibre – dissolves into water and forms a thick “sticky ball” within the body. This helps slow the digestion of food and makes you feel full for a longer period of time. Additionally, this sticky ball will retain some of the fat content causing a cholesterol-lowering effect.
Insoluble fibre – does not dissolve into water but, helps maintain a healthy digestive system and regulate bowel movements.
Potential benefits of oats:
-May help lower bad cholesterol (LDL-cholesterol)
-Improve blood glucose control
-Support a healthy digestive system
-Regulate bowel movements
-The oat germ contains many nutrients (e.g. B vitamins, vitamin E, phytochemicals, minerals)
In conclusion, a bowl of oatmeal is a great way to start your day!
Try to choose old fashioned, steel cut, or quick oats as they contain the most wholesome, hearty oat content.