After more than 8 hours of fasting, breakfast is the meal where you can replenish and repair the cells in your body. That’s why it’s considered the most important meal of the day. Therefore providing yourself a meal rich in nutrients is a must. Oats may not be the most appealing option for a perfect breakfast, but being one of the healthiest grains on Earth, we can guarantee you it’s the best option. What will happen to your body if you eat a bowl of oats every day for breakfast? Let’s find out what this nutritional powerhouse is hiding behind its dull appearance!
01.No more digestive problems.
Oats contain a light source of fiber than what’s included in any kind of cereal. The type of fiber in most cereals and rye bread is relatively heavy and might cause digestive problems like bloating in some people. But oat fiber is important to have easy bowel movements and feed the friendly intestinal bacteria through fermentable fiber present in oats. If you have chronic constipation and need to maintain proper functioning of intestines, a small bowl of oats would do the magic since it provides ⅕ of the recommended daily fiber intake; which is 25-35 grams.
02. Lower the risk of heart diseases.
Oats are packed with healthy fats, antioxidants, an omega-6 fatty acid called linoleic acid, enterolactone, and soluble fiber. They help lower the bad cholesterol (LDL) in your body, reduce the damage done by free radicals to the walls of blood vessels, and promote overall heart health.
03. Energy throughout the morning.
Better than any other food for breakfast, oats can satiate you for the whole morning till lunch since oats (especially rolled oats) are rich in protein and carbohydrates. It also provides you with enough energy to kick start your day.
04. More protein for your muscles.
It’s important to meet your daily protein requirements especially if you are a vegetarian. Therefore a bowl of oatmeal would be best for you since a potion of 8 tablespoons contain15% of the recommended daily protein intake. Oats would also make the ideal pre/post-workout meal because of these protein levels, antioxidants, vitamin E, and glutamine it contains helping repair and regenerate the muscles that are damaged during a heavy workout.
05. Weight management.
Daily consumption of oats boosts your metabolism and speeds up losing weight. It also makes you feel full for a longer period and prevents you from unnecessary eating. The proteins, carbohydrates, healthy fats, and fiber can reduce the accumulation of unhealthy fats and toxins in your body. But oats aren’t only for weight loss! If you are skinny and desperate to gain some weight in a healthy way, choose the right oats recipes with whole milk, yogurt, whey protein powder, nuts, and fruits to add some extra calories and make it the best breakfast option for you.
06. Regulates blood sugar.
Due to the low glycemic index (55 or less) and high fiber content, oats can contribute in regulating blood sugar levels. It also reduces the risk of type-2 diabetes and lowers the amount of insulin a patient needs. But the things you add to improve the taste in oatmeal, such as sugar, honey, and raisins may increase the glycemic index past 70. So if you are a diabetic patient, it’s best to eat plain oats without any add-ins.
07. Better skin.
Oats are ideal for people with inflammatory skin conditions like eczema. The elements like Zinc, Iron, Manganese, and Magnesium helps to remove toxins, reduce swelling and inflammation, and promote healing in your skin giving it a more nourished, rejuvenated look.
When choosing oats, go for “oat groats” which is the healthiest and purest form of the whole oat you can eat. Or you can buy something more common like rolled, steel-cut, or instant oats. You can also add nuts, fresh fruits, yogurt, milk, raisins, a pinch of salt, cinnamon, or honey according to your preference and health conditions. Make it tastier without losing its nutritious value and change your oats recipe frequently to make it more appealing to have on a daily basis.