Mairzy Doats
  The Elevate Me Team 04:32 PM

“Mares eat oats, and does eat oats, and little lambs eat ivy; a kid’ll eat ivy too, wouldn’t you?”

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Anybody remember singing along to this nursery rhyme? Well, it turns out the mares and the does were pretty smart…eating oats is really good for you. Here are eight reasons why:

  1. It’s good for cholesterol and for the heart
    Oatmeal and oat bran are significant sources of dietary fibre. Dietary fibre contains a mixture of half soluble and half insoluble fibres. One component of the soluble fibre found in oats is beta-glucans, a soluble fibre which has proven effective in lowering blood cholesterol. Soluble fibre works by breaking down as it passes through the digestive tract, forming a gel that traps some substances related to cholesterol, such as cholesterol-rich bile acids. This entrapment reduces the absorption of cholesterol into the bloodstream. The bad cholesterol, LDL, is trapped without lowering good cholesterol (HDL). Oats are also one of the best sources of compounds called tocotrienols. These are antioxidants which together with tocopherols form vitamin E. The tocotrienols inhibit cholesterol synthesis and have been found to lower blood cholesterol. The accumulation of cholesterol is implicated in many types of cardiovascular disease.
  2. It’s a cancer fighter
    Oats contain hundreds of phytochemicals (plant chemicals). Many phytochemicals are thought to reduce a person's risk of getting cancer. Phytoestrogen compounds, called lignans, in oats have been linked to decreased risk of hormone-related diseases such as breast cancer. Most of the research has been focused on breast cancer, but similar effects are expected on other hormone-related cancers such as prostate, endometrium and ovarian cancer. International research has shown that women with a higher intake of dietary fibre have lower circulating oestrogen levels, a factor associated with a lower risk of breast cancer. The insoluble fibres in oats are also thought to reduce carcinogens in the gastrointestinal tract.
  3. It helps blood pressure
    A daily serving of whole oats rich in soluble fibre can reduce hypertension, or high blood pressure, and therefore can help reduce the need for anti-hypertension medication. Nearly one in three North American adults has high blood pressure. High blood pressure usually has no symptoms, but can cause serious problems with the heart and blood vessels, leading to other complications.
  4. It helps bowel function
    Oats have a high fibre content and fibre is necessary in keeping bowel movements regular. Oats are high in both soluble and insoluble fibre. Insoluble fibre does not dissolve in water. It is spongy and absorbs many times its own weight of liquid. It makes stools heavier and speeds their passage through the gut, relieving constipation.
  5. It helps keep blood sugars under control
    Eating oats can spread the rise in blood sugars over a longer time period. Control of blood glucose and insulin levels is essential in preventing many of the complications associated with diabetes. Oat beta-glucan slows the rise in blood glucose levels following a meal and delays its decline to pre-meal levels. Here's how it works: as the beta-glucan in the soluble fibre of oats is digested, it forms a gel, which causes the viscosity of the contents of the stomach and small intestine to be increased. This in turn slows down digestion and prolongs the absorption of carbohydrates into the bloodstream – and this means the dramatic changes in blood sugar levels often seen after eating are avoided.
  6. It helps in weight control
    As we noted above, as the soluble fibre of oats is digested, it forms a gel, which causes the viscosity of the contents of the stomach and small intestine to be increased. The gel delays your stomach from emptying making you feel full longer – and therefore you don’t feel hungry as quickly. New research suggests that children between ages 2-18 years old who have a constant intake of oatmeal lowered their risk of obesity. The research found that the children who ate oatmeal were 50% less likely to become overweight when compared to those children that did not eat oats.
  7. Athletic performance is improved 
    Oats are a good source of carbohydrates – and carbs provide calories for energy needs. Oats have been shown in scientific studies to help your metabolism and enhance performance when ingested 45 minutes to one hour before exercise of moderate intensity. 
  8. They are great for all around general health and longevity
    Oats contain phytochemicals (plant chemicals) which have been associated with protection from chronic disease such as cancer. They contain a good balance of essential fatty acids, which have been linked with longevity and general good health, and also have one of the best amino acid profiles of any grain. Amino acids are essential proteins that help facilitate optimum functioning of the body. Oats are a good source of essential vitamins such as thiamin, folic acid, biotin, pantothenic acid and vitamin E. They also contain zinc, selenium, copper, iron, manganese and magnesium. Oat beta glucan also appears to help speed up response to infection, which may result in faster healing. According to researchers, beta glucan can enhance the ability of certain human immune cells to navigate to the site of a bacterial infection quickly, resulting in faster healing. The beneficial health effects of oats are best if ½-1 cup (1½-3 ounces or 40 to 80 grams) of oats are eaten every day.

So, in closing, everyone should make eating oats a part of your regular diet. We’ve made it really easy for you to do that. Check out our high protein instant oatmeal in a cup - all the benefits of oatmeal, plus lots of protein, and - best of all – it tastes great.

Enjoy our instant oatmeal and while you do, sing along:

“Mairzy doats and dozy doats and liddle lamzy divey, A kiddley divey too, wooden shoe?”

You are welcome.


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