FOOD FACT FRIDAY – Oats
Food Fact Friday is to help educate that some foods can be so nourishing and healing!
TYPES of oats:
1️⃣Groats – are the whole grain oat kernal. They have to be cooked for a long time to soften.
2️⃣Steel cut oats – are oat groats that have been cut into 2-3 pieces. These are sometimes called Irish oatmeal.
3️⃣Rolled oats – are oat groats that have been rolled flat into a flake. These are also known as old fashioned oats. (1)
BENEFITS of oats:
1️⃣Oats are considered one of the most nutritious grains. It contains:
Manganese: 191% of the RDI
Phosphorus: 41% of the RDI
Magnesium: 34% of the RDI
Copper: 24% of the RDI
Iron: 20% of the RDI
Zinc: 20% of the RDI
Folate: 11% of the RDI
Vitamin B1: 39% of the RDI
Vitamin B5: 10% of the RDI
2️⃣Whole oats are high in antioxidants and important plant compounds called polyphenols. Oats have antioxidants called avenanthramides, which are almost solely found in oats.
Avenanthramides may help lower blood pressure levels by increasing the production of nitric oxide. This gas helps dilate blood vessels and leads to better blood flow (2)
3️⃣Oats contain large amounts of beta-glucan, a type of soluble fiber. “Beta-glucan partially dissolves in water and forms a thick, gel-like solution in the gut.
The health benefits of beta-glucan fiber include: ✅Reduced LDL and total cholesterol levels
✅Reduced blood sugar and insulin response
✅Increased feeling of fullness
✅Increased growth of good bacteria in the digestive tract” (2)
4️⃣Oats are also filling and promote the release of a satiety hormone.
(2, 3, 4)
SHELF LIFE of oats:
2-4 months in the pantry
4-8 months in the freezer
30 years plus in a properly sealed #10 can.(5) **Organic oats cannot be sprayed with glyphosate. Many non organic brands have tested to contain glyphosate.
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