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Why are oats good for you? Here’s how to incorporate oats into your diet

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Oats remain a good healthy option to add to your diet © Getty/Maika Oats remain a good healthy option to add to your diet

Oats are so widely popular for good reason. They are a health-promoting, low-cost grain that can even help lower cholesterol and balance your blood sugar levels.

Oats provide a good source of slow-release carbohydrates that keep you going throughout the day, as well as essential proteins, and soluble fibre. They are also naturally gluten-free, and relatively low-calorie.

But getting in your daily oats doesn’t have to be boring, oats can be used in a variety of dishes from breakfast to dinner. Why not try out this super healthy banoffee baked oats breakfast recipe if you don’t believe us.

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Just a small bowl of oats contains a good proportion of your daily recommended intake for many vitamins and minerals. These include Manganese, Phosphorus, Magnesium, Copper, Iron, and Zinc.

Can eating oats lower your cholesterol levels?

Incredibly eating just one bowl of oats each day has been proven to lower cholesterol. This is due to the high soluble fibre it contains, known as beta-glucan.

Beta-glucan partially dissolves in water and becomes a gel-like substance in your gut. This helps to entrap low-density lipoprotein cholesterol (LDL), known as the bad cholesterol, and excrete it when you go to the bathroom.

One study by the Department of Human Nutritional Sciences in Canada found that eating oats daily can greatly reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease, due to this cholesterol lowering effect.

Can eating oats help balance your blood sugar?

Eating oats has been found to help lower blood sugar levels. It can also help improve insulin sensitivity, which is especially important for pre-diabetic patients.

Various studies have that oats can be beneficial to people with type 2 diabetes when it comes to reducing the spike in blood sugar levels after meals.

Beta-glucan is responsible for this blood sugar lowering benefit. It does this by creating a thick gel-like substance in the stomach that slows down the absorption of sugar from the stomach into the blood.

How can I incorporate oats into my diet?

If you’re not a fan of traditional porridge, don’t fear there are plenty of other ways you can incorporate a delish portion of oats into your daily meals. Why not try this vanilla baked oats recipe for a quick and easy treat.

Oats can also be baked into cookies, muffins, crumbles, and flapjacks, or even fried to create pancakes. You can also try this super healthy overnight oats breakfast recipe for a twist on the classic morning oatmeal.

Just want to eat cake? Try out our healthy Quick peanut butter baked oats mug recipe or Simple lemon baked oats in a mug recipe for a low-calorie treat.

Alternatively, you can blend a handful of oats into your morning smoothie or protein shake to thicken it. You can also blend oats into a powder to add to any recipe requiring flour.

If you prefer more of a savoury treat, why not try baking oats into a loaf of homemade bread. You can also use oats to thicken stews or soup, bind burgers together, or to coat meat as a replacement for breadcrumbs.

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