Oats is a cereal grain that is crushed or rolled for consumption in the form of oatmeal or pounded into oats flour. Consumed chiefly as porridge, oats can replace cooking flour in baked items such as cakes and biscuits.
Oats are the key ingredients of breakfast cereals such as museli. The outer husk of oats known as oat bran is also consumed owing to the associated health benefits in reducing cholesterol.
Oats is rich in the following key nutrients:
- Minerals – Iron, Zinc,
- Insoluble Fiber, mainly betaglucans.
- Protein called avenalin
The following are the health benefits offered by oats:
- Oats are recommended as part of the diet for diabetic patients.
- Oats consumption aids in weight reduction.
- Blood cholesterol can be lowered by consuming oats as their high fiber content eliminates cholesterol deposit in blood.
- The anti-oxidants present in oats help reduce the risk of developing cardiovascular diseases.
- Ageing of the skin is slowed down by the anti-oxidants present in oats.
- The protein present in oats is on par in terms of quality and benefits vis-à-vis protein from milk, eggs and meat.
- The allergic proteins present in wheat are absent in oats and hence are suitable for people suffering from celiac disease.
Oats contain the protein Avenin which can be toxic to those suffering from celiac disease.
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