The Health Benefits of Oats

Written by The Modern Milkman

With the introduction of our new cereals range from our friends The Hird’s at Yockenthwaite Farm, we thought we’d have a look at the super health benefits of oats, which make up most of what they do.

To be honest, the benefits even shocked us. And we take some shocking!

Not only do our oats have fantastic health benefits, but they’re also absolutely delicious, support local producers and reduce plastic. Porridge is seriously winning at life.

Seven things you oat to know

  1. 1. It’s a good replacement for sunshine – They’re rich in vitamin B6, the vitamin responsible for the production of the brain chemical serotonin. Serotonin is the ‘happy feeling’ experienced at times of relaxation., During the summer months we get plenty of the B6 vitamin from the seasonal weather, but we know what British winters are like. So replace sunshine with oats!
  1. 2. Fights infection – Of all the cereals on offer, porridge oats have the most protein pound for pound than any other breakfast option. Protein is the nutrient responsible for the growth and repair of the body. It’s also vital in the functioning of our immune system. Fight winter illness with porridge!
  1. 3. Kickstart your day – Oats contain a complex carbohydrate source. This is slow releasing meaning that a bowl for breakfast will set you up with a steady level of energy and will enhance your focus for the morning workload. On top of an energy boost this carbohydrate source is a regulator for your blood sugar levels. Win-win. Check out our overnight oats recipe for a breakfast that’s simple and delicious.
  1. 4. The perfect diet weapon – In a world of never-ending diets, fads and workout routines oats are the best-kept secret. The facts don’t lie. Oats are 100% natural and sugar, salt and additives free. A typical bowl of oats in the morning amounts to as little as 171 calories. Not a bad exchange of calories for a morning of fullness.
  1. 5. Fights heart disease – Oats are rich in fibre and as fibre has been conclusively proven to reduce the risk of heart disease it’s a tool in your box for prevention. Porridge oats also contain avenanthramides. I know, big word. Avenanthramides are responsible for stopping blood cells from sticking to artery walls which prevents the fatty deposits which cause heart disease. Stick oats to your arteries, not blood cells!
  1. 6. Contains the good stuff – Porridge oats contain minerals vital for the body’s function. More specifically, manganese found in oats is a mineral that is important for bone health and brain function. Zinc, a mineral that porridge oats are full of, is a major contributor to the functioning of the body’s immune system. That’s important for us not just in winter, but year-round.
  1. 7. Reduces blood pressure – A recent study found that 73% of participants’ blood pressure more than halved and heavily reduced medication intake after introducing oats into their daily diet.

If those seven health benefits of oats don’t have you rushing for a bag of oaty goodness, then we don’t know what will!

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