oatmeal- what is the hype about?

June 10, 2008 at 11:05 am 6 comments

Oatmeal- what is the hype about?

OATS- they are rather new in the Indian market but you hear about them almost invariably these days when it comes to healthy eating. And then I cant help but wonder how are they different from rest of the cereals we have been eating for years.

During the past 20 years there has been a dramatic increase in obesity, diabetes and other lifestyle disorders. One of the biggest downfalls of watching your weight has been feeling hungry. And foods high in fibre go a long way in filling that void.

OBESITY

Oats as one may say are an excellent source of FIBRE. A serving of oats ( half a cup, cooked) has nearly 4 grams of souble fibre. This fibre helps lower blood LDL cholesterol, the so-called “Bad” cholesterol and generally boost cardiovascular health, lowering high blood pressure. It causes stomach emptying making you feel full longer which helps with weight loss. New research suggests that children between ages 2-18 years old who have a constant intake of oatmeal lowered their risk of obesity. The research found that the children who ate oatmeal were 50% less likely to become overweight, when compared to those children that did not eat it. Oats absorb the extra fat & flush it out of the system. That is why they cure constipation because of the high soluble fibre & assist in regulating gastro-intestinal functions.

BODY BUILDING:
Full of protein and minerals, oats help building strong bones, teeth and connective tissue and for boosting energy.

DIABETES

Oat fibre helps control blood sugar delaying gastric emptying and retarding the entry of glucose in the bloodstream.

STRESS

Buy and eat oats if you’re feeling sad. It’s a natural antidepressant – will make you feel calmer and normally used to treat depression, anxiety and nervous disorder. Unrefined oatmeal can be eaten on regular basis to reduce stress while cooked oats will relieve fatigue.

In an age of fast & processed food, mothers have to be very innovative in cooking up new dishes. Oats have the flexibility not only because of its variety, but also because it is half cooked. It can easily used to make quick pastas, muffins, crossiants. Moreover, since it substitutes for maida, it is a healthy option any day. It can act as a thickening agent for soups & gravies instead of maida & replace wheat flour in Indian cooking.

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Entry filed under: cereals.

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6 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Anshul  |  June 12, 2008 at 9:43 am

    I liked that it can help in reducing fat..so now Ankita – i want to eat pasta of oatmeal…when am I getting it???

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  • 2. Catherine  |  March 7, 2009 at 8:09 am

    There’s some great information about oats here that I never knew before! Eating oats can lower stress and occurence of depression? Amazing! I love having oatmeal each morning because it tastes good- and it keeps me full throughout the morning and sometimes into lunch.
    I hope you don’t mind me posting this entry on my blog!
    Catherine

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    • 3. nutritiongyan  |  April 19, 2009 at 11:00 am

      hi, thanks for going through the articles on nutritiongyan…we’re glad you liked the article on oats….we’ve now created our own website http://www.nutritiongyan.com Please do visit and let us know how you like our articles. Healthy eating and happy living!:) Nutritiongyan

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    • 4. nutritiongyan  |  July 4, 2011 at 11:38 am

      Hey Catherine
      Just mention the source of the article and share it with all your readers. Nutritiongyan wants the knowledge and awareness on good nutrition and health to spread far and wide! Thanks

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  • 5. gopika  |  May 26, 2010 at 5:07 pm

    are oats really high in protein? i thought they were basically a source of complex carbs?

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    • 6. nutritiongyan  |  July 4, 2011 at 11:28 am

      Like every other cereal grain, oats have a considerable amount of protein although carbohydrates are predominant 🙂 Even rice and wheat which are a source of complex carbs provide protein

      Reply

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