Oats are a whole-grain cereal, known scientifically as Avena Sativa. They are mainly grown in North America and Europe.They are a very good source of fiber, especially beta-glucan, and are high in vitamins, minerals and antioxidants. Oats are commonly eaten for breakfast as oatmeal, which is made by boiling oats in water or milk. Oatmeal is often referred to as porridge. They're also often included in muffins, granola bars, cookies and other baked goods.
Health Benefit of Oats / Oatmeal:
1- Whole oats are rich in Antioxidants including Avenanthramides, avenanthramides may help lower blood pressure levels by increasing the production of nitric oxide. This gas molecule helps dilate blood vessels and leads to better blood flow. (5)
2- They are a good source of carbs and fiber, including the powerful fiber beta-glucan. They also contain more protein and fat than most grains. (2,3)
3- Oats may help lower blood sugar levels, especially in people who are overweight or have type 2 diabetes,They may also improve insulin sensitivity.(8,9)
4- They can lower cholesterol levels and protect LDL cholesterol from damage. (6,7)
5- Oatmeal is very filling and may help you loss weight, by delaying the time it takes your stomach to empty of food, the beta-glucan in oatmeal may increase your feeling of fullness.(10)