This Popular Grain Packs More Health Benefits Than You Think
Some people refer to it as breakfast. Others rely on it for baked goods, probiotic drinks, and even baby food. A study from the United States National Library of Medicine at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) refers to its “anticancerous properties.” What is this popular and nutritious whole grain? Oats.
Only Found in Oats
Long known for high fiber and cholesterol-lowering properties, the wholesome and nourishing grain is also a powerhouse of antioxidants. According to another report from NIH, avenanthramide, a particular antioxidant found only in oats, is thought to prevent the fatty-deposit buildup in arteries responsible for atherosclerosis. Studies also show this antioxidant helps support low blood pressure.
Beyond antioxidants, a half cup of oats boasts nearly half the recommended daily allowance (RDA) of magnesium, more than half the RDA of phosphorus, and more than two times the RDA of manganese. Each of these minerals helps regulate metabolism, fluids, and form proteins, respectively.
Easy to Add Oats to Diets
Fortunately, oats’ subtle flavor makes it the perfect base for meals and snacks. Since oats grow easily and have such a nutrient-dense profile, almost all cereal manufacturers rely on oats as part of their cereal blends.
While it’s great to start your day with a nourishing breakfast of whole grain oats, sometimes it’s not possible. Instead, benefit from healthy oats by adding them to snacks and other meals throughout your day. Substitute oats for bread crumbs in meatball and meatloaf recipes, sprinkle some in a smoothie, create an oat and nut blend to top your favorite yogurt, or look for pre-made snacks that use oats.
Oat Crackers for Healthy Snacking
Walkers Shortbread offers a line of oat crackers perfect for snacking on their own, creating nourishing snacks for yourself, or entertaining guests. Free from genetically-modified ingredients and artificial flavors, all varieties of Walkers Shortbread’s oat crackers let you snack confidently. The latest three-seed oat crackers not only boost your intake of wholesome oats, but antioxidants too. With pumpkin, sunflower, and flax seeds, these crackers pack important vitamins and minerals into a simple crispy cracker. Enjoy it anytime on its own, or top with a slice of apple, spread of nut butter, or cheese for added fiber and calcium.
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