What’s so great about oats?

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Oats are a great way to start the day.  Many athletes swear by steel cut oats as the optimum way to start a day.  Oats provide protein, fiber, manganese, magnesium and zinc as well as many other nutrients and important minerals.  The complex carbohydrates and protein in oatmeal can help your stomach to stay full for longer, helping you to make healthier dietary choices throughout the day and helping to stabilize your blood sugar.

Oats contain

  • Fiber
  • Protein
  • Magnesium
  • Thiamin
  • Phosphorus
  • Manganese
  • Copper
  • Zinc
  • Iron

Oats also contain small quantities of

  • Calcium
  • B Vitamins
  • Folate
  • Potassium

Some people even refer to oats as a superfood because of the nutritional density that it provides and the incredible benefits that it can provide when you make it a regular part of your diet.

Benefits of regularly including oats and oatmeal in your diet

  • Heart health – Specific types of fiber found in oats help to lower LDL cholesterol
  • Blood sugar – Keeping blood sugar levels stable is one way to help to protect the body from swings in energy levels.  Stable blood sugar levels may prevent or reduce the likelihood of some kinds of diabetes.  Fiber and protein in oats help to maintain a steady blood sugar.
  • Sustained energy – Fiber in oats and plant proteins help to provide the body with energy for longer periods of time, giving you energy to go the long distance.  Also, B vitamins in oats help the body to produce energy.

One downside of oats or oatmeal is that while oats are almost a complete protein, they are a little short on Lysine, which can be found in apricots, seeds, legumes and some other fruits and nuts.  Adding a little soy milk is one example of a way to improve the amino acid profile of an oatmeal breakfast.  Gelatin is another great way to increase the balance of amino acids in an oat based meal.

 

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