Ingredient spotlight: Oats
The humble oat. Used in porridge, bread, biscuits, muffins, muesli… the list goes on and on. They are as good for you as they are versatile. Containing a wide range of nutrients like fibre, vitamin E, essential fatty acids, carbohydrates, protein, and antioxidants.
Today we’re sharing five marvellous benefits of oats:
Oats lower cholesterol
Oats are particularly rich in beta-glucan which helps in lowering bad cholesterol levels without affecting the good cholesterol – how amazing is that!?
No gluten here!
Oats are technically gluten-free, although they can be cross-contaminated during processing or even while growing, eg. growing next to a field of wheat. They can be a great option if you have issues with gluten.
Help level out your blood sugar
Oats are a great food for stabilising blood sugar and, therefore, reducing the risk of type two diabetes. As they are high in fibre and complex carbohydrates, oats slow down the conversion of carbs to simple sugars in the body. The beta-glucan we mentioned earlier delays the blood sugar dip before a meal and the steep rise after a meal – keeping blood sugars nice and level.
Rich in magnesium
This superfood is a great source of magnesium, which is key to proper enzyme function and energy production. Magnesium also helps to prevent heart attacks and strokes by relaxing blood vessels, supporting the heart muscle and regulating blood pressure.
Great for the skin
Oats are a soft and calming alternative to traditional cleansers and exfoliators which can be harsh on the skin. Try this simple face mask at home:
- 1 tablespoon of quick/instant oats
- 1 ½ teaspoons of plain Greek yoghurt
- 1 teaspoon of honey
Mix all of your ingredients together to create a paste. Apply to face and leave for around 15 minutes before rinsing off with warm water.
Want to get some oats in your life? We’d love to help!
Chef Good loves oats and uses them regularly in our home-delivered meals (how does vanilla peach bircher muesli with sticky date yoghurt sound?). Order here.