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What is the Nutritional Value of Oat and its Health Benefits?

oatsOat (Avena sativa) is one of the most nutritious cereal grain. While oats are valuable grain for humans, it is also of great importance as a feed to livestock. Whole oat grain contains vitamin E, 7 B-vitamins, 9 minerals, including calcium and iron.

Oats can be eaten in numerous ways, most commonly they are crushed and eaten as oatmeal, or ground into fine oat flour. Oatmeal is generally eaten as porridge, but it can also be used in a variety of baked products, such as oatmeal cookies, oatcakes and oat bread. Oats are also occasionally used in several different drinks, like in brewing beer. Oat extract can also be used in skin lotions.

Oats Nutritional Value:

Oats has following nutritional values per 100 grams of oats –

Nutritional Value Per 100 grams

Energy

390

kcals

1630KJ

Carbohydrates

Dietary fibres

Fat

Protein

Pantothenic acid

(Vitamin B5)

Folate (Vitamin B9)

Iron

Magnesium

B-glucan (soluble fiber)

66 gms

11 gms

7 gms

17 gms

1.3 mg

56 ug

5 mg

177 mg

4 gm

26%

14%

40%

48%

Source : USDA Nutrient Database

Health Benefits of Oats –

Oat is beneficial in the following diseases –

  • Heart disease

    – Oats provide soluble fiber – Beta glucan, that acts like a sponge during digestion, soaks and removes cholesterol from the body.

  • Diabetes mellitus

    – Oats reduce the absorption of carbohydrates into bloodstream, stabilizing blood sugar levels which, in turn, may help people with non-insulin dependent diabetics.

  • Cancer

    – Oats have essential fatty acids and anti-oxidants that together with vitamin E, slow cell damage and have been shown to reduce the risk of cancer.

  • Body building

    – Oat protein is nearly equivalent in quality to soy protein, which has been shown by the World Health Organisation to be equal to milk and protein.

  • Pregnancy

    – Oats can be easily digested and hence regarded as a good food for convalescence, particularly after childbirth, as they are also believed to tone the uterus.

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