Oats: A beneficial food at the base of the Mediterranean food pyramid!

The role of oats in our diet

The importance of the Mediterranean diet and its health’s benefits are well known. The representation of this diet model is called the “Mediterranean diet pyramid”, at the base of which are cereals, such as oats (recommended to be consumed on a daily basis).

But why are oats so important for our body and how can we include them in our diet?

Nutritional profile

Oats as a type of cereal is a highly nutritious food and high in protein, fat, vitamins E, B1, B2, folic acid, pantothenic acid, minerals such as potassium, calcium, phosphorus, magnesium, iron, zinc, copper and manganese, b-glucan and fiber.

Nutritional benefits

Oats are a healthy food with great nutritional value. Clinical studies show that the consumption of oats and its derivatives (such as porridge, oat flakes, oatmeal nuts) have some effect on lowering cholesterol due to the soluble fiber it contains. In recent years, its effect on lowering LDL cholesterol in the blood has become very popular.

A study published on September 8, 2003 by the American Medical Team confirms that consuming foods rich in fiber, such as oats, helps prevent heart disease.

Studies have also shown that b-glucan has beneficial effects on diabetes. People with type 2 diabetes are encouraged to consume oatmeal products as there is a lower rise in blood sugar due to b-glucan and stabilization of blood sugar levels during the day.

Oatmeal is an important source of energy for the body and can be consumed by athletes and those who adopt a healthier diet.

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