The Power of Oats

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.

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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.

Published by Brooke Bliss, BScFN, RYT-500

My name is Brooke Bliss. I am a yogi, traveller, and food enthusiast. I am a graduate of Western University's B.Sc. Honors Nutrition & Dietetics program and a 500-hour certified yoga teacher. I love to share my healthy, whole-food recipes, nutrition facts, yoga and lifestyle tips. Thank you for stopping by my page. Namaste :)

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