Oats are a highly nutritious grain with so many proven health benefits.
They’re becoming a popular breakfast again, as people move away from heavily processed cereals high in sugar preservatives and numbers that we don’t know what they mean. Oats are commonly used to make porridge and are also found in granola, muesli, and other foods and snacks. Oats are becoming increasingly popular in smoothies as a healthy way to provide a thick and creamy base.
We took a quick look at the Top 8 health benefits of Oats, to break it down a little.
Please note that if sold anywhere else in the world, our oats would be labelled as Gluten Free, however here in Australia we can’t legally label oats as gluten free due to strict labelling laws.
- Oats are rich in antioxidants
Whole oats are high in antioxidants and beneficial plant compounds called polyphenols. Most notable is a unique group of antioxidants called avenanthramides, which are almost solely found in oats.
- Alternative Gluten free breakfast
When oats are grown in uncontaminated fields like the oats available at GF Oats Australia, they are fabulous for people with a gluten intolerance as a grain alternative. Here in Australia, we can only call them gluten friendly oats not gluten free oats, due to strict labelling laws. For people needing to avoid gluten, oats can provide a wonderful substitution to the highly processes cereals currently on offer to the gluten free community loaded with GMO corn, soy, and sugar.
- High GI and slow-release energy
Oats are among the most nutrient-dense foods you can eat due to the fact they are rich in carbs and fibre but also high in protein and fat compared to most other grains.
- Great for the Heart & Digestion
Oats has been proven to assist with overall heart and digestive health when included in a balanced diet. Oats contains beta-glucan fibre (regulates appetite, helps you feel fuller for longer) Beta-glucan also has been shown to lower cholesterol. Enhances digestive health – fibre supports bowel movements and prevents constipation.
- Soluble fibre
Oats expand in the belly, this expansion helps us to feel fuller for longer, as well as moving through our digestive system at a slower rate while also reducing the rate glucose enters the bloodstream.
- Long Shelf Life
When oats are steamed and rolled, they are now referred to as stabilized oats which is what we provide here at GF Oats Australia – Steamed Rolled Old Fashioned Oats. Similar to rice and pasta, stabilised oats will typically last 12 – 15 months if the package is unopened or in an air-tight container and stored in a cool dry environment.
- Vitamins, Minerals, and all the good stuff
Oats are sometimes referred to as among the healthiest grains on earth. A delicious, versatile whole grain and a great source of important vitamins, minerals, fibre and antioxidants.
- Assisting with Weight Management
Studies show that oats and oatmeal can assist with weight loss, can lower blood sugar levels, and reduce the risk of heart disease. That said, some versions of oatmeal are healthier than others. Whereas instant oatmeal sachets with a lot of sugar (or dessert inspired overnight oats) may lead to weight gain, homemade versions sweetened only with fruit may promote weight loss. No matter your weight goals, you can make small changes to your oatmeal to help you either gain or lose weight. Oatmeal’s effects on your weight largely depend on how it’s prepared.