Including Oats In Your Diet
Try making oat bread!
INCLUDING OATS IN YOUR DIET – TRY OAT BREAD
by Tammy-Lynn McNabb, Registered Holistic Nutritionist, Rogers Foods
Oat bread is typically made from a combination of oats, whole-wheat flour, yeast, water, and salt.
Since oats are highly nutritious and linked to a number of health benefits, oat bread can be a healthy choice.
In particular, oats are high in fibre and beneficial nutrients, including magnesium, vitamin B1 (thiamine), iron, and zinc. The fibre in oats, known as beta-glucan, may help lower cholesterol levels, regulate blood sugar, and decrease high blood pressure.
A review of 28 studies found that eating 3 grams or more of oat beta-glucan per day significantly decreased LDL (bad) and total cholesterol levels compared to not eating oats.
The study also found that the cholesterol-lowering effects of beta-glucan in oats were greater in people with higher baseline cholesterol levels.
However, just because bread has “oats” or “oatmeal” on its label doesn’t mean that it’s healthy. Some oat breads only have a small amount of oats and are mostly made of refined flours, added sugars, and oils.
To find a more nutritious oat bread, look for one that lists oats and whole-wheat flour as the first two ingredients. We love our quick and easy:
Summary Oat bread made from oats and whole-grain flour boasts the fibre beta-glucan, which may help lower cholesterol and has been linked to a number of health benefits.