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Oat crazy

Why we're betting big on oats

Why we're betting big on oats

Here at Mufaro's Family Foods we're quite obsessed with different grains and their unique benefits, we think Finger Millet with its natural appetite-curbing properties is one of mother nature's best kept secrets. Another not-so-secret grain we've always had a bit of a fascination with Oats, Oats is a really common aspect of most of our lives and at one point or another we've all had a hearty bowl of oatmeal porridge!

Upon looking a bit closer at Oats we found some surprising benefits to the mighty grain.

  1. Oats helps you feel fuller for longer, which could help lose weight
    Oatmeal contains Beta-Glucan, which gives you a feeling of fullness- helping you eat fewer calories. Beta-Glucan also promotes the release of Peptide YY, a hormone produced in the gut which leads to decreased caloric intake.
  2. Oats can improve blood sugar control
    Due to the soluble nature of the fibre Beta-Glucan (which forms a thick gel that delays emptying of the stomach and absorption of glucose into the blood) oats may improve insulin sensitivity and help lower blood sugar levels
  3. Oats can lower cholesterol levels
    Studies have shown that Beta-Glucan is effective at reducing both total and LDL cholesterol levels, it does this by increasing the excretion of cholesterol-rich bile. One particular study shows that antioxidants in oats work with Vitamin C to prevent LDL oxidation. Basically, Oats may lower risk if heart disease!
  4. Oatmeal tastes great, duh.


 

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