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What are different benefits and types of oats?

Oats are super food because of the vast array of essential nutrients that are not only needed by the body but also boost overall health. The cereals that contain oats are supposed to have the property of lowering the cholesterol level. Recent study has found that:

– Oats have compounds that also reduces inflammation inside the artery walls.
– These compounds are called avenanthramides and they contain anti-inflammatory properties and they help in reducing inflammation.
– These compounds inhibits the action of pro-inflammatory cytokines.
– Cytokines are small proteins that are released by cells to repair tissues.
– Few cytokines triggers inflammation which can also lead to atherosclerosis in response to an infection.
– Oats and other cereal grains helps in a gradual rise in the level of sugar in the blood as they are digested slowly. Less insulin is needed to control blood sugar after eating plain, unadorned cereal grains than after eating some other high-carbohydrate food.
– Oats are rich in soluble fibre and it helps in reducing hypertension, or high blood pressure.
– The high content of fibre in oats keeps the bowel movements regular.
– Oats contain iron which helps to boost the immunity of the human body.
– Oats are a good source of magnesium, selenium, manganese and phosphorous.
– Oats are also a good source of vitamin B1 and dietary fiber.

Consumption of oats is an optimal way of lowering health risks. The three instants of oatmeal – regular, quick or instant have same amount of beta-glucan, a kind of fibre, which gives oats their cholesterol claim to fame.

– Plain oatmeal groats i.e. whole kernels take a very long time to cook.
– Steel cut oats groats are cut into 2 or 3 chunks and they cook a little quicker as the piece is smaller and water gets penetrated more easily.
– Rolled oats are first steamed, then rolled and dried. Since they are already steamed and rolled, water penetrates more easily and they cook more quickly. Rolled oats come in three varieties:
regular oats – whole groats rolled.
quick oats – oat in pieces and then rolled thinner.
instant oats – oats cut even smaller and rolled even thinner.

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