IMG_8825HEALTH BENEFITS:
1. Lowers Cholesterol Levels
If you are trying to prevent or are currently dealing with heart disease or diabetes, oats may be the perfect addition to your diet. Oats, oat bran, and oatmeal contain a specific type of fibre known as beta-glucan. Studies have proven that by consuming just 3 grams of beta-glucan fibre per day (an amount found in one serve of oats) total cholesterol level lowers by up to 23%. Lowering high cholesterol levels can significantly reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease and strokes.
My Dad battled with problems associated with high cholesterol for many years. He had seen his doctor, dietician and other specialists. He tried several different medications, yet nothing seemed to work. Since adding oats to his diet daily, by means of porridge and Easy Oat Bars, he no longer battles with high cholesterol problems.

2. Reduce Risks of Cardiovascular Disease
Antioxidants that are unique to oats, help to reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease, thanks to the reduction in cholesterol.

3. Prevent Heart Failure
Consuming whole grain products such as oats, has been proven to reduce the risk of high blood pressure and heart attacks. Researchers found that men who enjoyed a daily serve of whole grain (NOT refined) cereal had a 29% lower risk of heart failure. Say hello to a healthy heart!

4. Stabilise Blood Sugar & Lower Type 2 Diabetes
Remember the fibre I told you about earlier? Beta-glucan? Well this fibre is pretty kick ass when it comes to stabilising blood sugars and can have positive effects with Type 2 diabetics also. Oats, oatmeal and other oat bran rich foods, lower blood sugars as opposed to white rice and bread which contribute to blood sugar instabilities.

IMG_9275SERVING IDEAS:
– overnight oats
– pancakes
– porridge
– breakfast bars
– muesli bars
– granola
– smoothies
– puddings
– bread
– cookies
– puddings
– cakes

Oats can be used to create to create so many different recipes and are versatile for breakfast, lunch, dinner and dessert. Be sure to check out http://www.treehugger.com/easy-vegetarian-recipes/50-recipes-oats-superfood-meals.html for an endless list of delicious, simple and healthy oat recipes.

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