Oats are a whole grain complex carbohydrate most well-known for their high fibre content. They’re particularly high in soluble fibre, which is known to help:
- slow digestion, increasing feelings of fullness/satiety (which may help promote a healthy weight)
- lower LDL and total cholesterol levels
- improve glycemic (blood sugar) control
- promote the growth of good bacteria in the gut
- regulate bowel movements
They’re also a great source of different micronutrients, including:
- pantothenic acid
Oats even pack in a decent amount of plant-based protein – about 6 grams per half cup.
Some of my favourite ways to enjoy oats are in, well, oatmeal – baked, overnight, steel cut, and more traditional oatmeal recipes. Oats are also great in smoothies, cookies, and desserts!