Oats contain the soluble fibre beta-glucan which, according to four decades of research, can combat blood clot (thrombus) formation and lower raised blood cholesterol by up to 23% (a fall of 1% is equivalent to a 2% fall in the risk of heart disease). A medium-sized bowl of porridge daily is generally sufficient to achieve this.
Oats also provide iron for a healthy brain and red blood cells; magnesium for normal heart function; zinc for normal healing, good eyesight and to combat colds and flu; the B vitamins thiamine and niacin and antioxidants, vitamin E and bioflavonoids.
Oats are also used in herbal medicine for their anti-depressant effect and as a nerve tonic
- Dr Caroline Shreeve
The slow-release energy of oats, in combination with soya milk, and a couple of bananas thrown in for afters, makes a highly nutritious, balanced and healthy meal that will sustain you for hours.
The ideal breakfast.
In Healthy Cooking we have lots of info with oat recipes: http://www.care2.com/c2c/groups/disc.html?gpp=48&pst=570357
According to a new study on anti-ageing, eating wholegrain foods is just as effective as drugs at reducing your risk of stroke
- Healthspan magazine July 2011
The high fiber and complex carbohydrates slow down the conversion of this whole food to simple sugars. The high levels of magnesium nourish the body proper use of glucose and insulin secretion.
am " addicted " to oats. I´ve had oatflakes for breakfast for 30 years, just the flakes, water and honey. Nothing but oatflakes, 3 bowls over the morning -in all 150 to 200 grammes- , some time later an apple or two and say cheers to food until the evening... I discovered spelt bran a few years ago and have added 1 spoonful to each bowl of oatflakes since...Thankfully I have no stomach problems, but spelt (also known as dinkel in fact its real name ), can remove and it does remove stomach related problems such as bad digestion if not mainly, only if you are patient though, cause it may take 8 weeks to 3 months, still better though, make it a habit i.e. include it into your diet soaking 50 grammes of spelt over night -the grains therefore- and make a vegetable broth at least for 1 year...Resume later...Patients have been spared surgery owing to a spelt diet as normal digestion came back..You also can chew a couple of grains every day walking about town...repeat if you like...They become like real chewing gum which proves that they swell in the stomach...And remember without enough liquid at all, nothing works !!!...I need to stop right now not to digress, am in the bad habit of starting to type without making a draft of my post beforehand...anyways, fun group here delivering stuff and lift to write time and again...
Thank you Mongi for your addition; here is what happens in relation to what you are speaking about: Oatmeal, like many whole grains, contains plant lignans, which are converted by intestinal flora into mammalian lignans. One lignin, called enterolactone, is thought to protect against breast and other hormone-dependent cancers as well as heart disease.
For us, every morning begins with a bowl of rolled oats mixed with either banana, grated apple or some other fruit and a little skim milk powder. No added sugar or salt. Very plain but satisfying.
Thank you everyone for oat... this is the best or one of the best breakfast...
don't forget the blueberries,better for fighting cholesterol than statin drugs.
brought mine down to normal after my doctor was pleading with me to try zocor or lipitor,would never touch them.
blueberries did the trick.
I also use oats in my healthy baking. Just made delicious Mango crumble using some oats.
thanks! there are many ways to eat oats! my favorite is oatmeal cookies! I didn't know that about blood clots, thanks for the info!
Oats is one of my favorite grains, along with rice, quinoa and millet. Perhaps I am just reliving the apple crisps my mother made me as a child or perhaps I am sensitive to all the health benefits.
Oatmeal porridge is often what I call breakfast part 2. I even put some greens and sweet corn in it and almond nut butter cream on top with seaweed. Probably sounds strange but I actually love it. YUM!
Oatmeal porridge is a favourite in my family. We have it most days for breakfast.
Also good on the outside of your body. Oatmeal baths for sensitive skin problems!
Love my oats...inside and outside. Don't forget oatstraw tea, a wonderful cooler when you have a fever. I depended upon it during menopause, too.
I love oatmeal porridge!. With nuts and some berries. Delicioso!!!!
I love oats, too.
10 Benefits Of Oatmeal
“You have to eat oatmeal or you’ll dry up. Anyone knows that.” –Kay Thompson
Your grandma and the Scots ate oats because they are inexpensive and grow anywhere. I eat it for its taste and nutrition and many other benefits. It’s on my list of Powerfoods that I eat regularly.
It’s really true what the cereal TV commercials say about those “crunchy oat clusters.” They are good for you, particularly if you make your own.
10 Reasons Why I Love Oatmeal
1. Low calorie food; stops cravings.
A cup is only 130 calories! It also stays in your stomach longer, making you feel full longer. You will have less hunger and cravings.
2. Provides high levels of fiber, low levels of fat, and high levels of protein.
It’s on the short list for the highest protein levels of any grain.