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