Oats are a very good source of fibre, especially beta-glucan, and are high in vitamins, minerals and antioxidants.

BENEFITS OF OATS

  • The protein content is higher than other cereals, at around 14%. Protein is a “macro nutrient” meaning your body needs lots of it. It is important for bones, muscles, cartilage, skin, nails and blood and is considered as a primary health essential.
  • High in soluble dietary fibre, specifically beta-glucan. Beta-glucan has been shown to improve blood glucose control after a meal and improves insulin responses as well as decrease cholesterol levels.
  • The only source of a unique group of antioxidants called avenanthramides, believed to have protective effects against heart disease.
  • High in potassium and low in sodium.
  • Contains B-group vitamins such as thiamin, riboflavin, niacin, vitamin B6 (pyridoxine), folate & pantothenic acid. Contains vitamin E.
  • Contains iron, zinc, magnesium, phosphorus and selenium (depending on the soil content of selenium).
  • Contains small amounts of copper, manganese and calcium.
  • Contains phytochemicals including lignans, phenolic acids (such as ferrulic and caffeic acids), phytic acid, plant sterols and saponins.
  • High in carbohydrates for energy
Source: Grains & Legumes Nutrition Council