In a world where whole grains are often condemned, as a nutritionist, I can confidently say that oats still have a solid place in my diet. They’re a staple for me and, with such an impressive nutritional profile, it’s easy to see why!
Take a closer look at this whole grain powerhouse and appreciate the humble oat in a whole new way:
1. They contain essential complex carbohydrates
Contrary to some popular diet theories right now, carbs are not the devil. They are the body’s main source of energy, which means they are a must in order to keep you going. As macronutrients go, they convert most quickly to glucose for energy. In order to sustain energy, though, it’s best for our bodies to absorb glucose slowly. That’s why I always go for complex carbs (like oats) rather than simple carbs (like processed cereal or white bread).
2. They’re an amazing source of fiber
It’s recommended that women get about 25 grams of fiber per day, and a half cup of oats will provide eight. A good start! Not only does fiber help lower cholesterol, but it helps reduce the risk of diabetes and weight gain. Another major plus on a, well, regular basis? It helps aid in digestion!
3. They help stabilize blood sugar
Starting your day with oats will make it easier for to you maintain stable blood sugar the rest of the day. I love to have a bowl for breakfast and even add them to my smoothies to make them extra thick and creamy. One of my favorite “dessert for breakfast” options is my Apple Pie Oats!
4. They are a fantastic source of silica
Silica is thought by some to be the most essential beauty mineral there is because it assists in building connective tissue. Think muscles, hair, nails, bone and skin—all things that we want to keep healthy and strong! As much as I believe beauty comes from the inside out, I have to admit that oats are also incredible when applied directly to your skin. One of the best cleansing masks I’ve ever tried is a DIY treatment made with ingredients right from your kitchen:
1. 2 tbsp. oats
2. 2 tbsp. natural yoghurt
3. Juice ½ lemon
4. 1 tbsp. apple cider vinegar
Simply combine in a bowl, apply to your face and rinse after 15 minutes.