Research show that eating oats, oat bran and oatmeal helps lower elevated blood cholesterol level thanks to their special type of soluble fibre, called beta-glucan. This soluble fibre also helps stabilize blood sugar levels by reducing spikes and dips, especially in people wth type 2 diabetes. Large flake and steel-cut oats (see below) are low glycemic foods, meaning they're slowly digested and gradually released as sugar into the bloodstream.
In addition to their high soluble fibre content, oats are also a good source of vitamin B1 (thiamin), vitamin B2 (riboflavin) and vitamin E.
These oats have been minimally processed; only their outer hull has been removed. As a result, they retain much of their nutrient content and are very chewy. Oat groats need to be soaked and then cooked for about 50 minutes.
Like oatmeal, it is a low carb and high protein whole grain food source. However, because its bran layer is left intact, unlike oatmeal (rolled oat groats), it takes longer for digestive enzymes to break it down. Slower digestion means stable blood sugar levels, and a longer-lasting, steady flow of energy. The oat groats contain vitamin E, several B-vitamins, calcium, magnesium and potassium. Oats also have some of the trace minerals selenium, copper, zinc, iron and manganese. They're full of good-for-you phytochemicals and have both soluble and insoluble fiber. Oats have been found to benefit heart health, lower blood pressure, and can even help prevent diabetes as part as a high whole-grain diet.
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