Oats are perfect for a snack or a breakfast. They are among the healthiest grains of Earth. As a gluten-free and whole grain food, oats are also a great source of very important vitamins, minerals, fiber, and antioxidants. That is why scientists tried to back those claims up and did some research about its benefits. They have come up with very interesting benefits which include weight loss, lower blood sugar, better blood pressure, reduced arterial inflammation, etc.
So, what else can oatmeal do to your body?
A study from 2009, published in an issue of Molecular Nutrition and Food Research concluded that one compound may help you. That compound which you can find in oatmeal (known as β-glucan) increases the production of the hormone cholecystokinin. That hormone actually lowers your appetite.
It Reduces Blood Pressure
In the USA about 610,000 people die of heart disease in the USA every single year. That is one in every four deaths. That is the leading cause of death in both men and women. And high blood pressure is the main cause of heart problems. That is why it is crucial for you to maintain the control over blood pressure. Well, a study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition actually found that whole grain food does almost the same thing as anti-hypertensive medication to lower the blood pressure. And it doesn’t have any side-effects!!
Blood Sugar Levels
The high fiber content in oatmeal controls the release of sugar into the bloodstream. That means that it has a low glycemic index. And a low glycemic diet helps with insulin resistance and lowers the risk of developing type 2 diabetes.
Again, oatmeal is rich in fiber and that is one of the crucial elements that improve satiety, digestive and diet quality.
A team of researchers from Britain and Netherlands found some really interesting evidence which backs up the claim that a high fiber diet can be linked to a lower risk of colorectal cancer. They conducted a research that covered 2 million people. In that research, they found that an extra 10 grams of fiber per day reduce the risk of cancer by 10%.
Antioxidants in oatmeal inhibit inflammation and boost the production of nitric oxide. Nitric oxide prevents the hardening of the arteries and antioxidants protect cells from free radicals. And this one is really important because those free radicals actually increase the risk of some sort of cancer and heart disease. Also, oatmeal is the only food that contains avenanthramide which decreases the spread of colon cancer cells.