These days, people throw the “superfood” label around very easily. A superfood is a food that has nutritional value and has clear evidence about its health benefits. When you talk about superfoods, oats tick all the boxes. Due to this many people call oats the “nature’s superfood”.

Oats in the wild

When talking about the nitty-gritty of the humble oat, it is important to look at what an oat is made out of. Oats are a great source of protein and fibre, packed with carbohydrates and low in calories. The low glycaemic index of oats means that it releases sugar to the body very slowly. This helps to keep your blood sugar levels low. It also makes oats digest and metabolise slowly. Therefore, oats can be helpful in preventing diabetes. Johannes Gottfried Mayer at the University of Wuerzburg’s Institute for History of Medicine claims that due to this oats are especially good for people with type 2 diabetes who have significantly elevated blood sugar levels. Oats are also very rich in fibre. This high fibre count helps to keep up high energy levels and have prolonged feelings of fullness. Most importantly, oats contain a special type of fibre called beta-glucan which is a soluble fibre which lowers the reabsorption of cholesterol by the body. This  contributes to reducing cholesterol which in return brings down the risk of a heart attack. Oats can especially help to reduce LDL cholesterol levels in your body.  Furthermore, nearly 20% of the energy you gain from oats comes from the fat contained in oats. However, the fat in oats is almost entirely unsaturated, healthy fat. Another lesser known benefit of oats is that it protects glut flora which means it helps to prevent cancer. Oats also carries a lot of Vitamin E which acts as a great anti-oxidant. They are also rich in zinc, calcium, vitamin C, vitamin B, potassium and iron. It is the synergy of these nutrients that makes oats a superfood.

Another main reason why oats are a real superfood is because it serves many needs. If you’re a vegetarian, oats can be an ideal source of protein for you. Furthermore, since oats take a longer time to digest, it is ideal for anyone who is trying to lose weight because oats will leave you feeling full and satisfied for longer. Thus, oats are the ideal way to fight those midday hunger pangs. Oats can also be a great source to cure skin conditions such as psoriasis and eczemas. You can easily treat these skin conditions with softly ground oats. Another great thing about oats is that it can be prepared in numerous ways to suit your taste buds. Be it hot or cold, sweet or savoury, hearty dish or light meal oats are the ideal healthy treat for you. There are various practical reasons that make oats a superfood too. They are affordable, easy to make, readily available and easy to incorporate into your daily routine because you can consume oats during any time of the day.