Organic whole oats
Healthy energy and so many other benefits
Oats are an extremely popular cereal around the world. It serves as a base for various foods such as bread, cakes, sweets, soups or even beer.
Its use by humans has been around for at least 9000 years. The Greeks famously ate oatmeal.
Cereals are the basis of people's diet. However, in more developed societies, meat ended up having a more important place. Cereals also began to be refined in industrialized countries. During the refining process, a large part of the fiber and other nutrients are lost.
Whole grains (unrefined) contain the germ. This is an important source of oils, minerals, bran and proteins, in addition to being a powerful source of fiber.
Energy, proteins, vitamins, minerals and fiber
100 grams of oats provide around 350 calories, 17g of protein, 67g of carbohydrates (of which 11 are fiber) and around 7g of lipids. In addition to macronutrients, oats are a great source of vitamins, especially group B and vitamins E, and also minerals such as iron, selenium, manganese, magnesium, zinc or phosphorus.
Oats were considered a functional food by the FDA (Food and Drug Administration), due to their nutritional characteristics and also their multiple proven benefits for human health.
Oats help you feel satiatedThe benefits of oats come mainly from their richness in fiber. The fiber in oats is mostly soluble fiber. For this reason, oats are slow to digest, thus increasing the feeling of satiety.
Regulation of intestinal transit
Because it is very rich in fiber, it also helps regulate intestinal transit, promoting the intestine's natural peristaltic movements.
Controlling blood sugar levels
The carbohydrates in oats are called slow-absorbing sugars. This causes sugar levels after ingestion to rise slowly and at a lower rate. This effect is also enhanced by the fiber present in oats.
Contributes to promoting good cholesterol levels
One of the types of fiber in oats is β-glucans. Studies suggest that these have the power to reduce LDL levels – bad cholesterol – by reducing its absorption by the intestinal walls and also by interfering with the production of bile salts, which promote the production of so-called endogenous cholesterol.
What about blood pressure levels?
Oats are a source of avenanthramide, an antioxidant. Avenanthramides increase the production of nitric oxide, which in turn helps relax blood vessel walls. This way, blood flows better and blood pressure drops.
And in addition to avenanthramides there is more
Well there is! There are more antioxidants in oats such as vitamin E, phytic acid and phenolic compounds. These contribute to less oxidation of cells and therefore to a reduction in inflammation.
Great source of energy
Consuming oats before exercising or at breakfast provides a huge source of energy for the entire musculoskeletal system, as it is a source of protein and rich in carbohydrates.
Oats must be purchased in tightly sealed bags or packaging and not in bulk. Cereals in contact with moisture can develop fungi. When opening the packaging, store it in a tightly closed packaging.
Oats are gluten-free, making them safe for people who are sensitive or intolerant to gluten. However, it can be contaminated by contact with other cereals that contain gluten, such as wheat. Therefore, manufacturers must certify whether the food is pure or gluten-free.