(NaturalHealth365) Eating wild oats is an inexpensive way to prevent, even reverse heart disease. Think of cardiovascular disease as a hardening of the circulatory system. Naturally, a diet high in fiber and nutrients will help you avoid sticky, sluggish blood circulation.
How to eliminate the cause of heart disease
Clearly, eating a diet rich in processed foods will clog up the pathways designed to nourish our body. Another problem with conventional (processed) foods is the lack of fiber – designed to keep our digestive system clear of unwanted debris.
Did you know that oats contain a specific type of fiber known as “beta-glucan” – which has been shown to reduce low density lipoproteins and and raise the high density lipoproteins within the body. According to an article published in “Comprehensive Reviews in Food Science and Food Safety”, the effect is greater in older people with unhealthy cholesterol levels.
The high fiber content in oats help remove cholesterol from the digestive system, which otherwise find its way into the bloodstream. The latest research shows they may even have other cardio-protective roles.
A fiber rich diet helps you lose weight and remain disease-free
According to the “Journal of Nutrition and Metabolism”, beta-glucan helps to control body weight by increasing a feeling of fullness and keeps us from wanting to overeat.
What is beta glucan? It’s a water soluble fiber, which is beneficial in insulin resistance; hypertension; obesity and cholesterol control. It is very useful in the prevention and reversal of several metabolic disorders.
Antioxidant compounds unique to oats, called avenanthramides, help prevent free radicals from damaging LDL cholesterol, thus reducing the risk of cardiovascular disease, according to a study conducted at Tufts University and published in The Journal of Nutrition.
A closer look at the beneficial effects of eating oats
There are whole oat groats, which is another name for the whole grain kernel. Groats are the most natural form, it is simply harvested oats with their inedible hulls removed. The bran layer is left intact, so it takes longer for digestive enzymes to break it down.
A slower digestive process keeps sugar levels stable, while providing a longer-lasting steady flow of energy.
Whole oat groats contain a rich source of iron, zinc, selenium and vitamin E along with some calcium, magnesium and phosphorous. Buy, there are many types of oats. (keep reading)
Steel Cut Oats
When you cut groats into two or three pieces with a sharp metal blade, you get steel cut oats. This type cooks quicker than groats, because water can penetrate the smaller pieces. Steel cut oats are sometimes sold as “Irish oatmeal”.
In addition, steal cut oats are full of nutritional value and digestion still takes time – so they offer the same health protective values.
Instead of cutting oats with a steel blade, the Scots traditionally stone-grind them, creating broken bits of varying sizes, which some say results in a creamier porridge than steel-cutting. It is much faster to cook versus steel cut oats and has all the nutrients of steel cut and Irish oatmeal.
Rolled oats (sometimes called “old fashioned” oats) are created when oat groats are steamed and then rolled into flakes. This process stabilizes the healthy oils in the oats, so they stay fresh longer, and helps the oats cook faster, by creating a greater surface area.
Roll oats are processed; they are steamed and then rolled. Some of the benefits are lost, and if they are flavored you are getting hydrogenated oils, sugar or corn syrup. So, as always, be careful how you spend your money.
Instant oats have some health benefits and do present a source of fiber. If you roll the oat flakes thinner, or steam them longer – you create “instant” oats.
What is oat brand?
Oat bran is formed when the oat groats pass through several rollers to flatten the groats and separate the bran. The bran is the outer casing or hull of the oat groats. It can do the same things that groats can, but it is somewhat superior for the simple reason the bran is where most of the nutrients reside.
The organic oats will always have more nutrients and be a wiser choice. As far as which type to use for breakfast, the main thing is to just get started and see the difference a hot bowl of oats can make in your life.
About the author: Blanche Levine has been a student of natural healing modalities for the last 25 years. She has the privilege of working with some of the greatest minds in natural healing including Naturopaths, scientist and energy healers. Having seen people miraculously heal from all kinds of dis-ease through non-invasive methods, her passion now is to help people become aware of what it takes to be healthy.
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