An Ode to Oats
An ode to Oats is a compelling saga of transition of my family to healthy eating. It took many a persuasive attempts to win over their confidence and change that ‘No! Not again’ to getting hooked to the mighty oats.
Paeans of Oats: The silence on the dinning table was the answer enough to my constant requests for eating oats. Clippings from magazines and news papers were pasted on the areas of maximum visibility. Searched the super markets for the latest add-ons in oatmeals. Baked many innovative goodies using oats. Finally with my single-minded goal of incorporating healthy food habits in my family I succeeded in making them sing paeans of oats for good.
- Oat is rich in beta-glucan – a soluble fiber that help in lowering cholesterol. It absorbs LDL’s(bad) cholesterol and let HDL’s (good) cholesterol stay away for longer time in the digestive system.
- Low Glycemic Index makes it longer to get digested and absorbed slowly in the blood stream, keeping the blood sugar levels stable.
- GABA (Gama Amino Butyric Acid) an amino acid found in oats prevents anxiety.
- The vitamin B in it releases Dopamine into the brain vitalizing the nervous system.
- Oatmeal has high concentration of minerals such as calcium, magnesium, iron, zinc, copper, manganese and thiamine.
- It is power packed with photochemical to help fight diseases.
- Oat contains flavanoids an antidote for cancer and heart disease.
- Help reduce obesity and hunger pangs. Low GI makes it digest slowly thus giving a feeling of fullness for a longer period.
- The fibers in this wholegrain make the stool bulky and ease excretion.
- Reduce cholesterol by absorbing the LDL’s from the blood stream.
- Low GI makes it a sensible choice for people suffering from diabetes.
- Oats is a highly recommended heart-healthy food, due to the presence of soluble fiber-beta-glucan.
Prudent diet changes;
- Add oats flour to the wheat flour to make bread or chapattis.
- Try mixing the oats or the oats flour in the idly batter for a healthy change.
- Make snacks such as khakra, poha and muthias.
- Oatmeal porridge and kanji is a healthy way to start your day.
Make this heart-healthy and blood-sugar stabilizer your confidante!
Stay fit singing Ode to Oats!