Neighbourhood Health Desk: Oats are the great source of dietary fiber that consists of approximately 55 per cent soluble fiber and 45 per cent insoluble fiber. It lowers both blood pressure and cholesterol levels and contains a high percentage of desirable complex carbohydrates, which reduces risk of colon, breast, and prostate cancer. It also helps in better management of diabetes and fewer bowel problems such as constipation. It contains a higher concentration of vitamin B1, protein, calcium, iron, magnesium, zinc, copper, manganese, thiamin, folacin and vitamin E than any other unfortified whole grain, such as wheat, barley, corn or rice.
Oats have a rich content of amino acids, an essential protein that helps to facilitate optimum functioning of the body and are low in fat. It is a natural antidepressant, which makes you feel calmer and is used to treat depression, anxiety and nervous disorder. Unrefined oatmeal reduces the stress while cooked oats relieve fatigue.
Quick serving ideas:
- A spoonful of honey in a bowl of oat porridge makes a calming breakfast
- Add oats to yoghurt or fruit yoghurt to enhance taste and health benefits.
- Oats cookies is a healthy snack for you and your children.