The first thing that comes to your mind when you mention oats is oatmeal and breakfast cereals. Oats have now become a very demanded health food. Oats are full of fibre (10.6g) and they also have avenanthramide only found in oats. Avenanthramide helps reduce arterial inflammation and it regulates blood pressure . Below you’ll find what oatmeal does to those who eat oatmeal every day.
It helps control weight: We always need some help when you want to lose weight. Eating oatmeal helps you control your weight. A 2009 study published about Molecular Nutrition and Food Research confirms this. According to the study, an ingredient found in oatmeal reduces one’s appetite by increasing the Cholecystokinin hormone.
It reduces blood pressure: The main cause of death in North America is considered to be heart disease. This way when we lower blood pressure, we also reduce the danger of heart disease. According to a published study in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, a high whole-grain diet is as effective as taking anti-hypertensive medication to decrease blood pressure.
Stabilizes Blood Sugar levels: We have all had sugar crash some time in our life. It won’t be so with the use of oatmeal. Due to high fibre content, the sugar releases more slowly into the bloodstream, meaning it has a low glycemic index. A study carried out found that low glycemic diet means less insulin resistance lowering the danger of type 2 diabetes development and metabolic syndrome.
Digestion: As stated in published reviews in the British Journal of Nutrition, oats have an important part in improving satiety, digestive and diet quality.
Colorectal Cancer: Researchers in Britain and Netherland have stated in a study published in BMJ, which involved 2 million people, that a high fibre diet lowers risk of colorectal cancer. According to them,an extra 10 grams of fibre per day reduces the risk of colorectal cancer by 10%.
Promotes Antioxidant Activity: As above stated, oatmeal is full of antioxidants called avenanthramide. They prevent inflammation and increase the production of nitric oxide which inhibits the arteries hardening. Antioxidants defend your cells from free radicals. These boost the risk of cancer and heart disease. Oats actually reduce the spread of colon cancer cells according to a study published in Nutrition and Cancer.