Oats: Healthy Pantry Item
Oats are a great source of complex carbohydrates, fibre, protein and even good fats. They are high in antitioxidents and polyphenols which help lower blood pressure, reducing inflammation and even reduce itching. The dietary fibre, betaglucen can reduce cholesterol and stabalise blood sugar levels. It promotes gut health by supplying prebiotics to feed the good bacteria in your digestive system. Plus, all that fibre helps you feel full for longer, an essential part of any healthy diet. Oats are a great source of minerals and B vitamins and should be eaten regularly. Swap flavoured quick oats (which are high in sugar) for unflavoured rolled oats – they’re lower GI which means they’re better for stabilizing your blood sugar levels. Enjoy them in porridge, overnight oats, smoothies, home-made muffins and with some nuts and seeds as home-made muesli. Oats are just oats, so there’s no need to splurge on the name-brand in the nice box, a packet of homebrand from the bottom shelf is just as good.