Healthy benefits of oats
A drawing of oats. (More food drawings)
These grains are covered by a layer called the pericarp, which is light brown.
If we remove that layer, we get the oat grain in its natural form: light brown on the outside and with a beige-white color inside.
Oats has a mild neutral flavor.
What are the main nutrients of oats? Composition of oats
As an energy source, 100 g of oats give us 389 calories.
Their proportion of nutrients is divided into:
- More than 8% is water.
- Close to 7% fat.
- About 17% of proteins.
- More than 66% carbohydrate.
- Over 10% of fiber.
Vitamins and minerals in oats:
Oats is rich in potassium and phosphorus, but it also contains lesser amount of magnesium, calcium, and even small amounts of iron, zinc and sodium.
Oats is a cereal rich in B vitamins, but it also provides with small amounts of vitamin E.
Nutritional characteristics of oats
Oats can be eaten as oatmeal, widely used in breakfast.
- Being a cereal, it has a low water content.
- It gives us a lot of energy in the form of calories, which help us to maintain our vitality.
- It contains little fat, with a good quality and very beneficial for health. It contains lot of protein.
- Oats is high in carbohydrates, especially starches.
- It has a very high content in fibe, what aids to eliminate toxins from our body, because it contains potassium.
- It helps maintain brain function adequately, because it contains phosphorus. In addition, together with calcium, it maintains the balance of the formation of strong bones.
- Because of its magnesium content, it aids our muscles to contract and relax.
- Because of its manganese content it is very interesting fo the good state of brain function and respiratory infections.
- Being high in B vitamins, it helps us to get energy from fat, protein and carbohydrate intake to properly grow and maintain our defenses in good condition.
- It protects us from the toxins and aging, because it contains vitamin E.
Oats in the kitchen
22 April, 2019