Whenever you hear the word “oatmeal,” what do you think of? Perhaps you picture a bowl of thick and creamy steel-cut oats stewed to perfection. Whether loved or hated for their mushy yet palatable texture, it still remains among the most prized food items for its nutritional value. Oats can be experimented on for taste and texture but the nutritional value is always cent percent. Do you also start your morning with a sizzling hot bowl of oats? If so, you are on the right path.
How it benefits our health?
- Providing Antioxidants: Oatmeal acts as a source of compound that exhibits antioxidants. Avenanthramides is a type of antioxidant that exists almost exclusively in oats. It can benefit your health by increasing the production of nitric acid, can lower the level of blood pressure, improves your blood flow, minimises the risk of inflammation and itching.
- Digestion and Obesity: Oatmeal is recommended for their beneficial effects on the gastrointestinal tract. The fibre keeps the track running smoothly. Beta-glucan forms a thick gel that delays emptying of the stomach and resuces you from hunger pangs. With our youngsters having heightened interest in staying fit, oats can be a boon to those trying to lose weight and control appetite.
- Blood Sugar Control: Type 2 diabetes is a common disease attributed to elevated blood sugars. Decreased sensitivity to the hormone insulin is the reason behind it. Oatmeal may help lower blood sugar levels in people who have Type 2 diabetes or those who are overweight.
- Skin Care: Colloidal Oatmeal or finely grounded oats can be found in various skin care products. Oatmeal being a superstar product to any skin type is marked as a skin-protective substance back in 2003, by FDA. Also, oats have a long history in the treatment of itch and irritation in various skin conditions.
- Reduce the Risk of Asthma: Some evidence suggests that specific foods can be a risk factor for developing Asthma, while others may reduce the risk. A study of 3,781 children suggested that those who ate oats as one of their first foods were less likely to develop Asthma by the age of 5. Many food trends may come and go but oatmeal has been and will remain a healthy choice for breakfast.
Nutrition facts for 3.5 ounces of raw oats are:
- Calories: 389
- Water: 8%
- Protein: 16.9 grams
- Carbs: 66.3 grams
- Sugar: 0 grams
- Fibre: 10.6 grams
- Fat: 6.9 grams
- Carbs: 66%
Vitamins & Minerals:
- Vitamin B1