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  • Christine Millar

Oats the Forgotten Superfood

Oats are an old school, inexpensive superfood. Grown in New Zealand on the Canterbury plains, this humble superfood is full of vitamins that can help lower cholesterol and support heathy hair skin and nails. Check out these 5 unique facts about oats and get ready to re-consider this underrated superfood.

1. They're an Ancient Grain

Whole grain oats were consumed by the masses dating back to 7,000 B.C. Oats were one of the first cereals cultivated by man and were used in ancient China and even Greece. Greeks were the first to turn them into a porridge.

2. New Zealanders Love Them More Than Any Other

Oats are inexpensive and so versatile, which is likely why a loads of New Zealanders eat them for breakfast or keep them in their cupboards. They’re one of the easiest foods to enjoy when transitioning to a more plant-based lifestyle.

3 Help you feel fuller longer

Oats are a great way to start the day and a bowl of porridge or oats based muesli in the morning can help you feel full till lunchtime. Oats are a “low glycemic carbohydrate,” which means that it takes your body a longer time to digest and absorb them. So by eating a bowl of porridge, which contains only about 150 calories, you will feel full for much longer than if you eat a piece of toast or a bowl of cereal.

4. They’re Serious Business for Your Heart

Oats have been one of the most consistent foods linked to preventing heart disease. Studies have shown when oats are eaten every morning, they reduce risk of heart disease. They contain a bioactive, antioxidant compound that researchers have found cleans arteries, prevents fatty buildup, and reduces the risk of heart disease and cancer. Just swap the refined sugar you might add to your morning porridge to berries or sweeteners such as stevia or coconut sugar. You can boost flavour and nutrition by topping with fruit, nut butters, seeds and nuts.

5. They’re a Natural Beauty Food

One half cup of oats has over 25 percent of your recommended amount of biotin. Biotin is a B vitamin responsible for a healthy metabolism and digestion, but it also contributes to great hair, skin, and nails. It’s the star ingredient found in hair, skin, and nail vitamins, in fact. Other plant-based sources of biotin include almonds and chia seeds – two perfect oatmeal toppings! Oats are also a great source of protein, which stimulates collagen formation in the body. Collagen is what keeps your skin looking soft and supple.

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