When someone says oats, do you immediately think of oatmeal (and maybe even your grandparents)? Well, it's time to think of oats in a new light!
Oats are one of the healthiest foods on the planet. It's even been dubbed a "superfood" by various food marketers. While we believe that one single food is not going to deem you "healthy", oats do have a lot going for them! Oats are 100% whole grain, and are a great source of vitamins, minerals, fiber and antioxidants. Additionally, there have been many studies showing that oats have numerous health benefits. Below are the top 5 reasons oats are good for you…
#1 Oats give you energy. Carbohydrates are the body's primary source of energy and are not "bad" despite the current fad to eat low-carb, high-fat diets. When eaten sensibly, carbs can be very healthy for you! Whole grains, like oats, are absorbed slower, giving you a longer-lasting boost of energy.
#2 Oats help to control blood sugars. Besides giving you energy, the slow digestion of oats results in a slow rise of blood sugars, therefore leading to a controlled level of blood sugars over time.
#3 Help with weight loss. Oats contain beta glucans (a type of soluble fiber) which slows down digestion making you feel fuller, longer, which can keep you from eating more.
#4 Oats lower cholesterol. The beta glucans also slow down the fatty acids entering the blood stream, therefore reducing the risk of high "bad" cholesterol.
#5 Oats help to build your immune system. Beta glucans also support the development of white blood cells in your bloodstream, which help your immune system fight bacteria and viruses.
Oh, and one more reason. Oats are even better when mixed with wholesome ingredients such as peanut butter, honey, cocoa, nuts and fruits.