Oats, Avena sativa, are one of nature’s healthiest grains and commonly consumed as oatmeal and rolled oats or granola or turned into oat flour.
Oats are very nutrient-balanced and a great source of vitamins, minerals and fibre. Lesser well known properties include being rich in antioxidants and polyphenols. Most notable of these are avenanthramides, which are solely found in oats!
Avenanthramides may lower blood pressure levels, and also have anti-inflammatory and anti-itching effects.
Oats contain a powerful soluble fibre, beta-glucan, which gives an increased feeling of fullness, and promotes growth of good bacteria in the digestive system.
The established property of their cholesterol-lowering effects has led to the acceptance of oats as a health food.
Oats are generally considered healthy due to their rich content of several essential nutrients. In a 100 gram serving, oats provide 389 calories and are an excellent source (20% or more of the Daily Value, DV) of protein (34% DV), dietary fiber (44% DV), several B vitamins and numerous dietary minerals, especially manganese (233% DV). Oats are 66% carbohydrates, including 11% dietary fiber and 4% beta-glucans, 7% fat and 17% protein.
Crunchy 0 (as oatmeal) to 4 (as granola) | Fruity 0 | Sweet 2 | Sour 0
Might be contaminated with gluten, as it is often handled with other grains during processing.