The Health Benefits of Oats
Here at MOMA we love oats in all forms. It’s not just the wholesome and delicious taste and texture we adore, oats also have a number of clever health benefits. Take a look at how oats can help your body as part of a balanced diet below!
12 / 05 / 2016
Oats are awesome because they are a natural superfood, but what does that actually mean for your body? Never fear, MOMA is here! Below we have listed some of the most important health benefits of the humble oat. Read on to find out how oats can improve your diet.
One of the best things about oats is the fact that they are full of fabulous fibre. Grains are a great source of fibre but the mighty oat provides more soluble fibre than all its grainy counterparts. Fibre is one of the most important parts of your diet as it helps aid digestion.
Wholegrain oats also contain Vitamin B which helps produce energy for your body.
Oats are one of the greatest sources of beta-glucan. Beta-glucan is basically a chain of glucose molecules that can decrease the levels of saturated fats in the blood. This is brilliant for your body because it can significantly improve your immune system’s defences, lower your blood cholesterol and has anti-aging benefits for your skin. Oats are full of soluble fibre that has been proven to lower levels of LDL cholesterol (also known as the ‘bad’ cholesterol). Beta-glucan can help to prevent the absorption of this LDL cholesterol. Instead of letting that cholesterol into your body (and arteries) oats help it to pass through your body.
For those of us who struggle to make it through the midday slump, oats could be the answer. Oats promote a feeling of fullness that reduces the likelihood of snacking before lunch, making them a great choice for breakfast at the start of your day.
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