Scientifically known as Avena sativa, oats is a type of cereal grain which has gained a lot of popularity in the last decade for all good reasons. Most common variety of oats consumed by humans are rolled oats and oatmeal. But, do you know why oats have made their way to almost every household and what is all the buzz around them?
Well, it is time you stop blindly following the herd and know some amazing facts about oats and how you can add them to your daily diet.
Health Benefits of Oats
1. Highly Nutritious Oats are a good source of carbohydrates and fiber. Half a cup of 78 grams oats contains 51 grams of carbs, 13 grams of proteins, 5 grams of fat, 8 grams of fiber, manganese, phosphorus, magnesium, copper, iron, zinc, folate, Vitamin B1 and B5 and only 303 grams of calories.
This is the reason they are classified as "superfoods".
2. Rich source of anti-oxidants
Apart from being highly nutritious, oats are high in anti-oxidants: polyphenols and avenanthramides. This group of anti-oxidant is known to lower blood pressure by increasing the production of nitric acids. It also has anti-inflammatory and anti-itching effects.
3. Lowers Cholesterol levels
Oats contains high amount of powerful soluble Beta-Glucan, which may increase the excretion of cholesterol-rich bile, thereby, reducing circulating levels of cholesterol in the blood. It also regulates blood sugar levels, gives a feeling of fullness and helps in the growth of good bacteria in the digestive tract.