It’s summertime, and we wanted to give our food conscious community a bit of “summer-school” to keep us all educated about the things we put into our bodies, and what we’re getting out of it. There are tons of sources, from stores, fitness & health gurus, all the way down to your next door neighbor that claim to know exactly what “the best” foods are for you to eat; but who really knows? Well have no fear! Our team has hand-selected 50 “superfoods” that we’ll talk about each day through mid July, as we learn a bit of the nutrition that goes along with these incredible foods we recommend chowing down on.
So, without further ado, here’s #1 of 50 in our “Summer Of The Superfood” series: OATS.
Before we jump too deep into how great this superfood is for your body, it’s important to know that any food made from wheat, rice, oats, cornmeal, barley or another cereal grain, is a grain product. The common oat is one of the most common species of grains that we consume each day.
Back in 1997, the FDA allowed a label to be placed on oat foods, which claimed that there was an association between eating a diet rich in whole oats, and a reduced risk for coronary heart disease—our nation’s number one killer. The overall conclusion from this review was that oats could lower serum cholesterol levels, and that “the main active ingredient that yielded this exciting positive effect is the soluble fiber found in oats called “beta glucan.” (Beta-glucans are a diverse group of molecules, which can be found in the “bran” of oats, and aid in normalizing cholesterol levels in the body.)
Quick Tip: Oats are rich in fiber, so a serving can help you feel full throughout the day! Just a half of a cup packs 4.6 grams of “resistant starch”, which is a healthy carb that boosts metabolism and burns fat. Pretty awesome, eh?
The combination of all the nutrients found in oats, makes them one of the most outstanding superfoods, and a big reason why we chose to talk about this one first! In addition to their power to reduce disease and extend your health span, oats are also great for practical reasons: they’re inexpensive, readily available, and incredibly easy to incorporate into your life; which is what we’re all about at Tasty25 Magazine. We suggest eating a bowl of oatmeal for breakfast, and cooking with oat bran or oat flour as a practical way to get a solid dose of this hearty superfood. Remember to eat a bowl of oats regularly, and you’ll be on your way to becoming a food conscious individual! – Tasty25 Staff
Wanna know a few ways to incorporate oats into your diet? Check out these great Tasty25 creations that contain oats: