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Health Benefits of Oats

Scores of studies have documented the many health benefits of oats;

  • Eating oats helps lower LDL “bad” cholesterol and may help reduce the risk of heart disease.

  • Oats help you feel fuller longer, which helps control your weight.

  • Oatmeal and oats may help lower blood pressure.

  • Oats may help reduce your risk of type 2 diabetes, since their soluble fibre helps control blood sugar.

  • Oats help cut the use of laxatives, without the side effects associated with medications.

  • Oats are high in beta-glucans, a kind of starch that stimulates the immune system and inhibits tumours.

  • This may help reduce your risk of some cancers.

  • Early introduction of oats in children’s diets may help reduce their risk of asthma.

  • Oats are higher in protein and healthy fats, and lower in carbohydrates than most other whole grains.

  • Oats contain more than 20 unique polyphenols called avenanthramides, which have strong anti-oxidant, anti-inflammatory, and anti-itching activity.

Fun Facts about Oats
  • Oats grow best in cooler climates with plenty of rainfall – conditions inhospitable to most grains. This explains why they’re so popular in Scotland and Ireland!

  • Oats are used in the food industry as a stabilizer in foods like ice cream.

  • Because of their natural anti-itching properties, oats are used in the cosmetic industry for a variety of  products. The name Aveeno, for instance, comes from the botanical name avena, for oats.

  • Oats were originally considered a nuisance weed, to be pulled up and burned when they appeared in fields of wheat and barley.

  • Russia, Canada, the United States, Finland, and Poland are the world’s leading producers of oats.

  • Early attempts to promote oats as a good food for people (not just for horses) - prompted editorials and cartoons. Still, only 5% of oats grown worldwide are consumed by humans today.

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