Oats, oat bran, and oatmeal contain a specific type of fiber known as beta-glucan. Since 1963, study after study has proven the beneficial effects of this special fiber on cholesterol levels. High cholesterol levels correlate with the build-up of plaques in blood vessel walls. If these plaques become damaged or simply grow too large, they can rupture, blocking a blood vessel and causing a heart attack, stroke, or blood clots elsewhere in the body. Lowering high cholesterol levels can therefore significantly reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease and stroke.
-Eating whole grains, such as oats, have been linked to protection against atherosclerosis, ischemic stroke, diabetes, insulin resistance, obesity, and premature death. Whole grains are concentrated sources of fiber, therefore a good choice for your health!
-Antioxidant compounds unique to oats, called avenanthramides, help prevent free radicals from damaging LDL cholesterol, thus reducing the risk of cardiovascular disease, suggests a study conducted at Tufts University and published in The Journal of Nutrition.
-Oats are an excellent source of manganese and molybdenum. They are also a very good source of phosphorus as well as copper, biotin, vitamin B1, magnesium, dietary fiber, chromium, zinc and protein.
-Oats come in many shapes and sizes; oat groats, steel-cut oats, old-fashioned oats, quick cooking oats, instant oatmeal, oat bran and oat flour. If you have a sensitivity or allergy to gluten there is still an oat for you, try gluten free oats.
Raspberry – Almond Overnight Oat
- In a pint jar or other re-sealable container, add milk, oats, yogurt, chia seeds and honey.
- Mix thoroughly and refrigerate overnight and up to 5 days.
- When ready to eat add raspberries and almonds.
**You may also add your fruit and nuts when mixing all other ingredients, the night before.