- YOU’LL FEEL FULLER FOR LONGER
The soluble fibre in oats, beta-glucan, slows the process and speed at which food empties from the stomach which has the effect of keeping us feeling fuller for longer, meaning we’ll be less likely to reach for a snack.
- THEY CURB SUGAR CRAVINGS
Oats are a low glycemic load (GL) food, which means that the type of carbohydrates they contain are released slowly. This gradual process helps to avoid spikes and dips in our blood sugar level, stabilising any sugar-driven mood swings we may have, and reducing cravings for sweet things. What’s more, oats’ low GL also helps sustain our energy levels, and can assist in reducing our risk of type 2 diabetes.
- THEY’RE NOT JUST FOR EATING
Oats’ soothing and anti-inflammatory properties have long been harnessed to help itchy, dry or irritated skin. Want to give it a go? Simply put a cupful of oats into a muslin bag or stocking and drop into your bath for a milky and soothing treat. You can also use oats as the base of a home-made facemask or as a skin exfoliator.
- THEY PROMOTE A HEALTHY HEART
Like all high-fibre content food, oats help to remove cholesterol from the digestive system that might otherwise build up in our arteries and clog up the bloodstream, potentially leading to heart attacks or strokes.
- THEY’RE GREAT VALUE
It’s best to buy oats which are organic and gluten-free, and soak them overnight before use to make them even more digestible. Don’t buy quick oats or minute oats and look for steel-cut where possible.
Using raw oats, as in muesli, helps to retain most of their nutrients and antioxidants. Porridge makes for a warm and nutritious breakfast in winter. Simply add water to whole oats and heat slowly on the stove until hot and soft. Mix in cinnamon, nuts and berries for a delicious twist, and if you really need extra sweetness, opt for maple syrup or honey.