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Benefits of oats in your diet

A bowl of warm rolled oats provides a source of complex carbohydrates, which means blood glucose levels won’t rise. Rolled oats are also a gluten-free whole grain and a great source of important vitamins, minerals, fibre and antioxidants.

Eating oats adds fibre to your diet, which keeps you feeling fuller for longer.

They also reduce your risk of heart disease, lower blood pressure and lessen the risk for type-II diabetes. Additionally, oats deliver slow-releasing carbohydrates for sustained energy, as well as protein, manganese and selenium. Manganese is crucial for good digestion and an effective metabolism, while selenium is a powerful cancer fighter. Steel cut oats are an excellent option because they stabilise blood sugar levels and offer extended satiety.

Rolled oats are a better option than processed instant oats as they have a lower GI value and are also more nutrient dense – they’re an excellent source of thiamine, iron, and dietary fibre, the antioxidant avenanthramides.

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