By Dt. Manoli Mehta
Oats are among the healthiest grains on earth. They’re a gluten-free whole grain and a great source of important vitamins, minerals, fiber and antioxidants. Studies show that oats and oatmeal have many health benefits. These include weight loss, lower blood sugar levels and a reduced risk of heart disease.
If you’re not eating oatmeal every day, here’s why you oat to.
Oats are a rich source of fiber, both soluble and insoluble, which helps in regulating bowel movements and hence prevents constipation. Including oats in your daily diet can keep the issue of constipation at bay. Savour them as part of your breakfast meal.
Controls Blood Sugar Levels
Since oats help stabilise blood sugar and reduce risk of type-2 diabetes, diabetics should consume oats regularly. The high fiber and complex carbohydrates slow down the conversion of this whole food to simple sugars, and beta-glucan delays the fall in blood sugar levels before meals and slows the rise after a meal.
If you suffer from high blood pressure, a daily dose of oats will help combat this problem and in turn, lower risk of hypertension. You can savour this healthful delight in the form of breakfast or during lunch time as well.
Supports Weight Loss
Oats is a low calorie food which slows digestion and makes you feel full for longer. Thus, reducing your cravings and helping you shed a few pounds. Cholecystokinin, a hunger-fighting hormone, is increased with the oatmeal compound beta-glucan.
Oats have been used as a soothing agent to relieve itch and irritation while also providing an array of benefits for the skin.
Whether you’re making overnight oats or adding oats to your smoothie, you’re getting a nutrition powerhouse with some major health benefits. Oats and oatmeal are packed with fiber, protein, and tons of vitamins and minerals.
They are such a versatile food and can be incorporated into practically any meal of the day.