5 Reasons To Eat Oats For Breakfast

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oatsOats have become the new buzzword in the health circuit and for a good reason. This health food is a meal in itself, rich in nutrients, and other compounds known to promote good health. However, if you are still not convinced about regularly including oats for breakfast, here is a list of most compelling reasons as to why you should start your day with this humble meal…


 


Benefits of eating Oats for breakfast

 


1.Helps control cholesterol

Oats are one of the richest sources of fiber. They contain both soluble and insoluble fibers. Several studies have shown that regular consumption of oatmeal helps control blood cholesterol levels and improves lipid profile of individuals with chronic hypercholesterolemia.

 


2.Helps manage blood sugar levels

The presence of high amounts of dietary fiber in these grains ensures that sugars are released into the blood at a slower rate, which in turn prevents formation of a post meal blood sugar peak. This in turn helps keep diabetes under control. In fact the American Diabetes Association recommends people with type to diabetes to consume a minimum of ¾ cup of oats daily.

 


3.Teeming with vitamins and minerals

They are a rich source of several essential nutrients including iron, zinc, magnesium, manganese, B Vitamins, Vitamin E, and more. It also provides several key antioxidants like selenium, which in turn work towards preventing cancer.

 


oats porridge4.Helps to lose and maintain weight

The high presence of soluble fibers  means that more water is absorbed by the food on its way through the gut. This makes the food to stay longer in the gut as a result of which you feel full for a longer time and end up snacking less. The high insoluble fiber helps keep the gut clean, which detoxifies the body and helps prevent formation of cellulite

 


5.Galactogogue – promotes lactation

It is a known galactogogue. Regular consumption of oats from the 1st post partum week promotes lactation and helps in growth and development of the infant. They have a good blend of essential fatty acids, which promote healthy brain development of the baby.


Best ways of preparing oats for breakfast

 


  • Savory Oats Porridge: Sick of the same old sweet oats porridge, try the savory one. Soak steel cut oats in water overnight and cook it with water, salt, herbs, spices, and seasonings of your choice. It is quick and delectable.

 


  • Oatmeal Pancakes: Mix ready to eat oats with eggs, flour, milk, salt, and other seasoning of your choice. You can also add some veggies for added texture and flavor. Pour the batter on a hot pan and your pancakes are ready.

 


  • Bananas and oats: Soak rolled oats overnight, next day pour some milk and mashed bananas over it. Microwave for 10 mins and your breakfast is ready.

 


  • Oatmeal cookies:  This is probably the most popular snack cum breakfast item featuring oats. However, when opting for cookies remember to read the labels carefully and avoid the ones that contain too much sugar and fat.

 

Each morning you are faced with a choice – to eat healthy or to succumb to your cravings and eat nutrient poor, calorie rich food. Make a smart choice and opt for oats, that is the best morning gift you can give to yourself.

 

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