Oats, a natural superfood
Why are oats good for you?
Oats are considered one of the natural superfoods, which are nutrient-rich foods seen as beneficial to your health. Some other examples of superfoods are blueberries, salmon and broccoli.
Oats are a natural superfood because they are 100% whole grain with minimal processing, and contain vitamins, minerals and fibre. Oats are unique in that they are one of the richest sources of beta-glucan, a soluble fibre that can help lower cholesterol reabsorption^. They're also low in sodium and provide protein and carbohydrate for energy.
The health benefits of oats
All healthy plant foods, including oats, contain no cholesterol. But oats also help slow down the reabsorption of cholesterol in the bloodstream because they contain beta-glucan, a naturally occurring soluble fibre which has been shown to lower cholesterol re-absorption^. That makes oats an ally in your heart health*.
^A 40g serve of oats provides a minimum of 1 g beta-glucan. Oats can help lower cholesterol reabsorption as part of a diet low in saturated fat. 3g of beta-glucan each day is required to help lower cholesterol reabsorption.
Oats are whole grains, meaning they contain all three layers of the edible grain (the bran, endosperm and germ). That means you benefit from all the natural vitamins and minerals found in the whole oat grain.
Healthy foods are often high in fibre, and the insoluble fibre in oats passes through our digestive system without being absorbed, helping maintain and condition our digestive system.
Oats are a source of protein, which contributes to muscle mass growth and maintenance*.
As part of a healthy, varied diet. *A 40g serve of oats provides 5.1g protein.