Unlike most other grains, oats contain more protein and fat than carbohydrates. They contain an abundance of vitamins and minerals.
Oatmeal contains numerous potent antioxidants, such as avenanthramides. These compounds may aid in lowering blood pressure and provide additional benefits.
Oats contain the beneficial soluble fiber beta-glucan. It lowers cholesterol and blood sugar, promotes gut health, and increases fullness.
Oats reduce total and LDL (bad) cholesterol and protect LDL from oxidation, lowering heart disease risk.
Oats may increase insulin sensitivity and reduce blood sugar levels due to the soluble fiber beta-glucan.
Oatmeal makes you feel full, which may aid weight loss. It slows stomach emptying and increases PYY production.
Colloidal oatmeal (finely ground oats) treats dry, itchy skin. It may relieve eczema symptoms.
Research suggests that feeding infants oats may prevent asthma.
Oat bran reduces constipation in older adults, reducing the need for laxatives.
Healthy diets should include oats. They can be eaten for breakfast as oatmeal or baked into goods.