Oats: Nutritional value and benefits

Oats: Nutritional value and benefits

I have to admit that when listening to “oats”, associatively, the parallel with Coca-Cola is inevitable. For the simple reason that it goes with everything, like the famous beverage! We find it in breakfast dishes with milk and yogurt; we prepare oatmeal sweets, while its flour can even be included in burgers or pizza, instead of regular flour. It has been already established as a valuable cooking material and a nutritious food. The rule is simple: where you can add oats, you just add; you do not think much about it, you will benefit. It is no coincidence that in recent years, the variety of oat products is constantly growing.

Oats are a particularly nutritious food with a high nutritional value, that belongs to the cereal family and is scientifically known as Avena sativa. Rich in complex carbohydrates, fiber (b-glucans), B vitamins, iron, manganese and calcium. It also has high percentages of protein (11-17%) compared to most cereals and in fact the main protein in oats is called avenalin (80%).

Scientific studies consistently confirm the multiple health benefits of oats. In detail, it has been shown that it can help lower cholesterol due to its high content of b-glucans. This is particularly important given that heart disease, which is the leading cause of death worldwide, is usually caused by high blood cholesterol.

Apart from that, her help against obesity is also crucial. This is again due to b-glucans, which manage to increase the feeling of satiety by delaying the feeling of hunger. In addition, oats are a low-calorie but high-fiber, nutritious food; elements that make it an ideal choice for anyone who chooses to follow a more careful diet. Also very interesting is the fact that it does not contain gluten making it the ideal choice for people suffering from celiac disease.

It is worth mentioning its positive effect on blood sugar control. Through its b-glucans, it lowers blood glucose levels and the insulin response after consuming carbohydrates.

Of course, the benefits of oats do not end there, as its consumption has been shown to be beneficial in the treatment of inflammatory diseases, such as skin rashes. At the same time, it is an ideal choice for modern people as it helps reduce stress, depression and fatigue by improving the quality of life. Inextricably linked to the former is the fact that it is an excellent source of energy. It is probably no coincidence that it has been identified with breakfast which is considered the most important to start our day. Finally, we could say that due to its antioxidants it reduces the chances of cancer.

In any case, it is obvious that eating oats can actually benefit our health and there are no excuses not to include it in our diet.

Ntourountous bakery, remaining devoted to its traditional principles, does not stop “listening” to the nutritional needs and trends of the time, offering the purest products. Below you will find some of our suggestions to more easily integrate this beneficial cereal in your daily life in the most delicious way.