OATS: The Power GrainAnkita Bedi
OATS: The Power Grain
Oats also known as ‘Jaii’ in Hindi are whole grains which are incredibly nutritious and help you keep yourself healthy. They are rich in all the nutrients which are essential for the body like carbs, fibre, anti-oxidants, proteins, mineral and vitamins. The Edible part of oats is its seeds.
Add a healthy bowl of oatmeal to your breakfast and feel the difference.
Health Benefits of Oats
Lowers Blood Cholesterol-
Oats are rich in soluble fibre which helps in lowering LDL which is called as bad cholesterol.
Helps in Balancing Blood Sugar-
It has beta-glucan a soluble fibre that helps slow down the digestion period to control rise in blood sugar, highly recommended for diabetic individuals.
Control Blood Pressure-
Eating oats can help prevent hypertension. It has ample amount of potassium and other minerals which helps control blood pressure. Potassium reduces the effect of salt on your body.
Good for Heart-
Mineral, fibre and anti-oxidants present in oats helps in lowering the cholesterol level of body and prevent oxidative damage to your blood vessels.
Selenium an antioxidant in oats repairs the cells and prevent damage due to free radicals. Adding vegetables like broccoli, tomatoes, onion, and pepper will enhance the nutritional value of oats with a higher amount of antioxidants.
Fibre helps in moving the food in intestine and oats contain approx. 8 gm of fibre per cup which is good for health and will prevent bloating and diarrhoea.
Helps in Weight Reduction-
It gives you feeling of fullness and you will not feel hungry all the time. Thus you will not do over eating which will help you in reducing your weight.
Fight with Anaemia-
Anaemia is a deficiency of haemoglobin in the blood. This deficiency occurs due to an insufficient amount of iron in diet. Oats are full of iron which help you to combat iron deficiency anaemia.
Oats for Glowing skin-
Besides health benefits oats are beneficial for skin also.
You may use it as a facemask or you can scrub with it.
Add one tablespoon of each milk, rose water and honey to oats. Mix it and make a thick paste. Apply it on your face and leave the mask for 15 minutes. Then wash it off with water. You will see the effect within the first application.
Cook Different Oats Recipes as per your Taste!
Normally oats take more time to cook than other grains. Instant oats which are available at almost all stores take less time to cook as they are highly processed.
- You can have it simply either boiled in water or milk with added sugar & fruits.
- If you have diabetes, obesity or don’t like the sweet taste of oats you can cook it with vegetables and add salt to taste.
- Even you can use oats to prepare oats cheela, cutlets, kababs, sandwich, smoothies, coating for tikka or many other recipes.
Try to inculcate Oats in your daily routine and do let us know in case you have doubts. We have our experts to suggest you personalized diets based on your preferences.
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