Eat Oats for a Power Punch of Health Benefits
Avena Sativa: the beautiful botanical name for the common oat.
This fabulous grain is extremely versatile and comes with a power punch of nutrition.
Let’s dive into the health benefits of eating oats.
A Little History Lesson
First, just a note of the history of oats.
Originally considered a nuisance, oats would spring up in a wheat or a barley field where they were routinely pulled up and burned.
Once considered only worthy for animal consumption, it’s thought that the Scottish contributed to the popularization of oats where this grain thrives in the cool climate of Scotland.
According to Samuel John’s 1755 dictionary, the Scotsman’s retort to the derision of their consumption of oats by the English who considered fit for only horses was this, “That’s why England has such good horses, and Scotland has such fine men!”
It’s time to embrace oats.
From Nuisance to Center Health Stage
What wasn’t known about oats all those years ago was just how nutritious this simple grain is.
Oats are naturally gluten-free and contain high doses of carbs, fiber, protein, and natural good fat.
And oats are a strong source of vitamins, minerals and antioxidants along with notable amounts of Iron, Zinc, Vitamins B1 and B5, and more.
And, they’re good for your heart, digestive tract, blood sugar, and a reduced risk of obesity, and type 2 diabetes.
All this along with small calorie load makes this simple grain a wonderful option for keeping your diet balanced and on your health on track.
Make the Most of Eating Oats
There are several ways to eat oats, and the perks are prominent.
Try them cooked, mounded in a bowl topped with a bit of butter, cinnamon, brown sugar, and fruit.
You may want to try a bowl in Oatmeal, Texas, the second oldest town in Burnet County, where they host the Oatmeal Festival every September.
Or try your oats in my Strawberry and Amaretto Crumble for a fun and delicious ending to your next meal.
And remember that with just a little bit of creativity this nutritious grain, formerly considered a weed, paves the way for numerous nourishing health outcomes.
You’ll be feeling your oats in no time.