An Ode to Oats
Oats are a whole-grain food, known scientifically as Avena sativa. They are loaded with important vitamins, minerals and antioxidant compounds. Only half a cup (78 grams) of dry oats contains:
- Manganese: 63.91% of the daily value
- Phosphorus: 13.3% of the DV
- Magnesium: 13.3% of the DV
- Copper: 17.6% of the DV
- Iron: 9.4% of the DV
- Zinc:13.4% of the DV
- Folate: 3.24% of the DV
- Vitamin B1 (thiamin): 15.5% of the DV
- Vitamin B5 (pantothenic acid): 9.07% of the DV
- Smaller amounts of calcium, potassium, vitamin B6 (pyridoxine), and vitamin B3 (niacin)
The nutrient composition of oats is well-balanced. They are a good source of carbs and fiber, including the powerful fiber beta-glucan!
The health benefits of beta-glucan fiber include:
- Reduced LDL and total cholesterol levels
- Reduced blood sugar and insulin response
- Increased feeling of fullness (helping with weight management)
- Increased growth of good bacteria in the digestive tract
- Lowers your chances of colon cancer
Oats also supply a high-quality protein, with a great balance of essential amino acids. In addition, they have been found to have amazing anti-inflammatory and anti-itching effects as well as being jam-packed with antioxidants that assist in lowering blood pressure.
Oats are so incredibly nutritious, packed with important vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants. In addition, they’re higher in fiber and protein compared to other grains. Oats can be a great addition to a healthy, balanced diet. They can be eaten as oatmeal (porridge) for breakfast, added to baked goods and more.
We, here at Fitchow, say: “Give oats a chance!”