At some point, you’ve probably tried oats – maybe you’ve stuck to the standard bowl of oatmeal, or maybe you’ve experimented with overnight oats, oat muffins, and more. If you’re not a full-blown fan, it might be worth giving this humble ingredient a second look.

First, let’s talk about their nutritional benefits.

01 A Long List of Nutrients

Oats are a whole grain packed with vitamins B1 and B5, Phosphorous, Magnesium, Selenium, and Iron.

02 Fiber to Keep you Full

They’re high in fiber, which keeps you fuller longer by delaying the time it takes your stomach to empty food.

03 Fiber That Targets Bad Cholesterol

The specific type of fiber they contain, called beta-glucan, a soluble fiber, has been proven to lower your LDL (bad cholesterol) levels, which can decrease your chances of heart attack.

04 None of This Bad Stuff

Oats are low in saturated fat and very low in cholesterol.

05 And a Natural Boost for Blood Sugar Control

They can also be helpful to improve insulin sensitivity, which if you have diabetes or prediabetes, can help you lower your blood sugars.

 

Now let’s get real: are oats a healthy food you can get hooked on?

The answer is an astounding, YES! Oats are an easy, affordable staple that can be used in a bunch of different ways. If you haven’t liked oatmeal in the past, don’t be discouraged! We have several other recipes you can try.

Click here to watch our nutritionists walk you through our Very Berry Oatmeal recipe, and click here to get 5 oat-standing recipes.

 

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