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The Many Benefits of the Versatile Food Oats

Updated on June 24, 2013

The Many Health Benefits of Oats

Oats are by far the best food choice one could purchase to begin living a healthy lifestyle. Oats are affordable, healthy, delicious, and provides one with so many benefits that it is unthinkable to purchase anything else. Oats are a naturally gluten free food that is so versatile with many large health benefits for anyone looking to eat healthier and live a longer, better life. Oats are a very healthy, naturally gluten free food that one can buy on a tight budget because they are very cheap, affordable, and delicious.

Some health benefits include:

  • Oatmeal is a low calorie food. 1/2 cup of plain (or dry) oatmeal is only 150 calories.

  • Oatmeal has a low digestion rate, which means it takes longer for the body to break it down and digest, so it will keep people full for a longer period of time.

  • Oatmeal has high levels of fiber. Fiber helps promote healthy and regular digestion.

  • Oatmeal is a grain with one of the highest protein levels.

  • Oatmeal stabilizes blood sugar and reduces the risk of diabetes.

  • Oatmeal is a low cholesterol food. Oatmeal also removes ones bad cholesterol and does not affect ones good cholesterol.

  • Oats are naturally gluten free and is light on the stomach of those with gluten intolerance. If one has a gluten allergy, one should purchase gluten free oats to use instead (because oats that are not labeled gluten free are often times grown in the same fields as wheat before it is harvested).

  • Oatmeal contains lignans and uniques antioxidants in which protect against heart disease, heart failure, and cancer.

  • Oatmeal protects against heart disease and heart failure due to its unique antioxidants.

Oats are Cheap

On top of all the health benefits that oats provide, they are extremely cheap as well. A large tub of oats at a local grocery store (in the cereal section) cost anywhere between $2.79 and $3.99 for a two pound tub (depending on the store and location). For those who have a gluten allergy, one may want to purchase gluten free oats. Even though oats are naturally gluten free they can be grown or manufactured in facilities that also grow and produce wheat products and for one who has an allergy they can still become affected by the oats found in the cereal section of the local supermarket, therefore, they may desire to purchase gluten free oats so that there is no risk of wheat contamination. A large bag of gluten free oats cost about $6.99. Another option to buy oats, is to buy natural oats in bulk. When buying oats in bulk, it can be a tad more expensive, but the taste is undeniable. The oats are much more smooth when they are naturally grown and mulled. When buying oats in bulk it can cost up to $1.50 per pound. With the many different varieties, options, and low prices on oats there is no reason why people would not want to purchase them to keep in their pantry for everyday use.

Oats are Incredibly Versatile

Oats are an extremely versatile food that can be made into just about anything for happy and healthy consumers. The main food oats can be made into is oatmeal, oatmeal is very filling and beneficial for any consumer, but oatmeal is not the only option for making delicious food out of oats. Oats can be made into pancakes, muffins, and cookies. Oats can be turned into oat flour to make any recipe gluten free. Oats can be put in a food processor and one can cover chicken to make gluten free chicken fingers. Oats can be added to any food to create delicious, and gluten free foods that anyone can enjoy. Someone with a gluten intolerance or an allergy does not have to settle for previously made, cardboard tasting food anymore. One can create natural, great tasting, and gluten free foods in their own kitchen.

Two Ingredient Healthy Cookies: Oatmeal and Banana Cookies.
Two Ingredient Healthy Cookies: Oatmeal and Banana Cookies. | Source
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Oatmeal Cottage Cheese Pancake | Source
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Flourless Oatmeal Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies. | Source

For the Love of Oatmeal

Oh how delicious! Oatmeal keeps me full,

Making my mornings way less dull.

I can eat it in the summer, autumn, winter, and spring,

I can add anything and everything.

I can add coffee for an early morning perk,

I can add peanut butter for a delicious smirk.

I can add protein powder to make me more buff,

I can eat it everyday, I just can't get enough.

I can eat it for breakfast, for lunch, and for dinner,

To me, oatmeal is a clear and delicious winner.

Oatmeal is very affordable and cheap,

With many health benefits that I will reap.

A big bowl of oatmeal is an internal hug,

The tummy and mind will feel oh so snug.

Oatmeal is so versatile,

I can't help but smile.

Oatmeal provides a love so pure,

I will be begging for more and more.


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    • Abby Campbell profile image

      Abby Campbell 4 years ago from Charlotte, North Carolina

      JamiJay - Thank you for sharing this hub! I am going to bookmark this for a directory of great oat recipes. :-)

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      Alexander Okelo 4 years ago

      I knew of a couple of health benefits of oats but not as many as you mentioned in this post. Thanks for sharing this wonderful hub.