Thursday, November 06, 2014
Oats has been a focus of scientific research for decades now and still the benefits conferred by this whole grain seem to be piling. Many people have incorporated oats as an integral part of their diet due to multiple health benefits.
A comprehensive compilation of scientific reviews by a diverse group of international experts published in the British Journal of Nutrition found that oats may play an important role in improving satiety, diet quality and digestive, and general metabolic health apart from its well known cardiovascular benefits.
The review paper collates new health implications as well as reaffirms some earlier evidence. Here are some of the key highlights of the review:
• Oatmeal has been found to help provide better satiety over ready-to-eat oat-based cereals. Subjects who consume a 217.5 calorie breakfast consisting of oatmeal and non-fat milk as their first meal have been found to report less hunger, increased fullness and reduced desire to eat more in comparison to subjects consuming an equal calorie serving of ready-to-eat, oat-based cereals with non-fat milk. The higher viscosity of the oatmeal β-glucan seems to enhance the satiety of the meal.
• In addition to the satiety, oats seem to confer benefits for gastrointestinal health too. Beta-glucan, resistant starch, unique polyphenols, and avenanthramides found in oatmeal seem to benefit gut health and foster the growth of beneficial bacteria (bifidobacteria) in the lower gastrointestinal tract. Numerous studies also support the protective role of oats in digestive conditions like constipation, ulcerative colitis and even celiac disease.
• Oats and oat bran support good cardiovascular health by reducing the total cholesterol and low density lipoprotein cholesterol (LDL-C) by 2–19% and 4–23%, respectively. Studies have found that reduction of the LDL-C by 4–6% can reduce the risk of coronary heart disease risk by 6–18%. About 60 gram serving of oat is sufficient to bring about a reduction in cholesterol levels.
The researchers found that all forms of oats that include oat bran, oatmeal or other oat-containing products may offer varied health benefits. So, why wait! Go ahead and incorporate this wonderful whole grain in your diet.
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