Oats

Oats are from a type of cereal grain that has been grown throughout history. Oats are usually rolled or crushed into oatmeal or ground to make oat flour. Oats can now also be used to make milk. Oat bran contains soluble fibre, this has been found to have a cholesterol lowering effect, which reduced the risk of heart disease. Oats are also low on the glycaemic index (GI), this means that they have a slow release of energy and help to maintain stable blood glucose levels as glucose is released gradually.

Oats are a rich source of vitamin B1 and Magnesium.

 

Nutritional Benefits

Vitamin B1
  • Contributes to normal energy yielding metabolism
  • Normal nervous system function
  • Contributes to normal heart function
Magnesium
  • Contributes to normal energy yielding metabolism
  • Helps to maintain normal muscle function
  • Contributes to protein synthesis and cell division
  • Maintains normal hormonal health

 

Risks and Side Effects

There are no notable risks or side effects associated with oats, but some instant oats and oat cereals contain large amounts of added sugar which counteracts the benefit of oats having a low GI rating.

Uses

Oats can be used to make porridge, granola and muesli, and can be added to smoothies or used in baking.

 

Oat and oat products we have available can be found here.

Recipes using oats can be found here.

 

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