Oats is good for your health!
Oats is a healthy cereal because it contains a special kind of dietary fibre called betaglucan which has been proved to be able to reduce the cholesterol level in the blood of human beings. It is also useful in controling blood sugar, improving satiety after a meal and it helps recuperation after a severe physical activity. We will get not only valuable nutrients like zinc, copper, manganese, Iron & tiamin but also antioxidantets which reduce the occurence of free radicals known to be harmful to the body.The bioactive compound avenathramide present in oats is beleived to prevent atherosclerosis in the arteries.
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Oats lower bad cholesterol: Health claims related to oat fiber beta-glucan and
cholesterol reduction have been approved by FDA and EFSA. As one example, a U.S.
study on thirty-six overweight middle-aged men compared the daily intake of oat
and wheat cereal for twelve weeks. The men eating the oat cereal had lower
concentration of LDL cholesterol compared to those in the wheat group.
American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, August 2002; 76(2):351-8
In another study it was observed that oat milk
containing insoluble as well soluble fibers decreased total as well as LDL
cholesterol in healthy subjects.
Ann. Nutr. Metab. 1998; 42: 211-20
Oats help controlling blood glucose and insulin:
Health claims related to oat fiber
beta-glucan and reduction of postprandial blood glucose responses have been
approved by EFSA. Control of blood glucose and insulin levels is of importance
in reducing the risk of developing type 2 diabetes. It is also essential in
preventing many of the complications associated with diabetes. In a German
dietary intervention study with 14 patients who had uncontrolled type 2 diabetes
and insulin resistance, the patients were introduced to a diabetes-appropriate
diet containing oatmeal. A 40% reduction in insulin dosage was achieved – a
reduction which was maintained even after 4 weeks on their own at home.
Experimental and Clinical Endocrinology & Diabetes, February 2008; 116(2):132-4
In another study where beta-glucans isolated
from an oat drink were added to a fruit juice flavored drink the postprandial
levels of glucose and insulin were significantly reduced.
European Journal of Clinical Nutrition, 2005; 59:1272-81
Oats may also improve insulin sensitivity:
In a randomized, double-blind, controlled
clinical trial of ninety-seven men and women, in which half of the group
consumed foods containing oat fiber, the other half ate control foods. The oat
group showed improvements in insulin sensitivity, while the control group was
European Journal of Clinical Nutrition, June 2007; 61(6):786-95
Oats help digestive mobility and eliminate need for laxatives:
In a controlled, blind, intervention trial where subjects received
7-8g of oat bran per day, 59% of the oat group had discontinued laxative use
whereas the control group showed an 8% increase in laxative use at the end of 6
Journal of Nutrition, Health, and Aging, February 2009; 13(2):136-9
Oats may contribute to feeling of satiety and weight management:
Researchers at the University of Sydney compared 38 different foods
given to volunteers with respect to Satiety Index. Oatmeal rated #3 overall for
making people feel satisfied and full, and it rated #1 in the breakfast food
European Journal of Clinical Nutrition, September 1995; 49(9): 675-90
Oats may also increase appetite-control hormones: Australian researchers studied fourteen people who ate a control meal and three different cereals with different levels of oat beta-glucan. They then collected blood samples for four hours after each meal, and found a significant dose response between higher levels of oat beta-glucan and higher levels of Peptide Y-Y, a hormone associated with appetite control.
Nutrition Research, October 2009; 29(10):705-9
In another study an oat based soup was
introduced as main meal as part of a dietary regimen among overweight and obese
subjects during a 23 weeks period. The new oat-based liquid food (soup)
was very well tolerated as a part of the dietary regimen which resulted in a
weight reduction from 83 to 77 kg. The dietary regimen also resulted in lower
plasma insulin, triglycerides and LDL cholesterol levels.
Annals of Nutrition & Metabolism, 1996; 40: 212-20
Oats may reduce asthma risk in children:
A Finnish study of 1293 children found
that those introduced earlier to oats were less likely to develop persistent
British Journal of Nutrition, January 2010; 103(2):266-73
Oats may help control blood pressure: In a study on 18
hypertensive and hyperinsulemic men and women for six weeks, the oat
group showed a 7.5mm Hg reduction in systolic blood pressure and a 5.5 mm Hg
reduction in diastolic blood pressure, while the wheat group was unchanged.
Journal of Family Practice, April 2002; 51(4):369
Oat Beta Glucans may improve immune system defenses:
Italian researchers reviewed existing research about the positive effects of
beta-glucans on human health. They found that, in addition to reducing
cholesterol and blunting glycemic and insulin response, beta-glucans boost
defenses of the immune system agains bacteria, viruses, fungi, and parasites.
Minerva Medica, June 2009; 100(3):237-45