PLANT FOOD FACTS ~ Oatmeal

Oats may be humble, but they are a powerhouse of vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants.

The oat (Avena sativa) is a species of cereal grain grown for its seed. They are very high in many vitamins and minerals. Oats contain many powerful antioxidants, including avenanthramides, which help reduce blood pressure. They are high in the soluble fiber beta-glucan, which helps reduce cholesterol and blood sugar levels, promotes healthy gut bacteria, and increases feelings of fullness. They may lower the risk of heart disease by reducing both total and LDL (bad) cholesterol, as well as by protecting LDL from oxidation. Due to the soluble fiber beta-glucan, oats may improve insulin sensitivity and help lower blood sugar levels. Oatmeal may help you lose weight by making you feel more full. It does this by slowing down the emptying of the stomach and increasing the production of the satiety hormone PYY. Some research suggests that oats may help prevent asthma in children when fed to young infants. Studies indicate that oat bran can help reduce constipation in older adults, significantly reducing the need to use laxatives.

1/2 cup of oatmealamount
COPPER17.6% DV
IRON9.4% DV
MAGNESIUM13.3% DV
MANGANESE63.91% DV
PHOSPHOROUS13.3% DV
ZINC13.4% DV
VITAMIN B1 (THIAMIN)15.5% DV
VITAMIN B5 (PANTOTHENIC ACID)9..07% DV
Source: healthline

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