Your body needs cereal for energy, most of the calories required for your body comes from cereal. One of the healthy cereals that you should be including in your daily diet is oat. Oat is a cereal commonly eaten in the form of oatmeal (coarse flour made from oat grain) or rolled oats. Oats can be eaten as porridge or baked as cakes, cookies, and bread.
Oats are good for the people under the risk of high blood sugar or are diabetic
Oats contain a fiber called beta glucans. One serving of oats (about one cup) gives you 8 gram of dietary fiber. Because of high fiber content, it takes a while to digest oats. Dietary fiber beta glucans is good for high blood sugar. Therefore, oats are highly beneficial to lower your blood sugar levels. Oats measure 55 in Glycemic Index, which means it is low in sugar content. Therefore, oats are a healthy cereal of diabetic patients. A diabetic is a condition where your body loses insulin sensitivity. Interestingly, oats increase insulin sensitivity in the body.
Oats are good for maintaining a healthy weight
One serving of oats gives you 304 calories, 13 gram protein, 5 gram fats, 52 gram carbohydrate and 8 gram fiber. One serving of oats also gives you 42 mg calcium, 4 mg iron, 138 mg magnesium, 408 mg phosphorus, 335 mg potassium and 3 mg zinc. Since you get a lot of calories when you eat oats yet do not put a lot of carbs inside your body, oats are good for maintaining healthy weight. You feel fuller after eating oats, therefore, you will lose your food cravings (desire to eat more). Since after eating oats, you feel full, you do not want to eat more. Thus your calorie intake will substantially reduce.
Oats helps to reduce the risks of cardiovascular disease
Oats contain a lot of dietary fiber. The main dietary fiber in oats is called beta glucans. Studies have found that beta glucans lowers bad cholesterols while keeping good cholesterol in good level. Oats contain a lot of antioxidants such as polyphenols and avenanthramides. These antioxidants are said to lower blood pressure levels by increasing the production of nitric oxide. Nitric oxide dilates blood vessels and improves blood flow.
How you should be eating your oatmeal
You can buy oats cake, cookies or bread from the market or bake your own cake, bread, and cookies from oatmeal. If you are making porridge, you can make it interestingly by adding spices like cinnamon or nuts like almonds and cashews. You can also add fruits like blueberries and strawberries to make your porridge tasty. Alternatively, you can cook rolled oats with vegetables and season with salt. This will be a better alternative to your regular porridge if you are vegan or allergic to milk.