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Oats are among the health-promoting superfoods.

Study findings reported by the Whole Grains Council and the George Mateljan Foundation suggest that oats reduce the risk of many different illnesses, as well as helping to maintain a healthy weight.

Weight control: A study of 204 overweight adults found that eating whole-grain oat-based cereal twice a day helped subjects to reduce their waistlines.

A control group eating the same number of calories did not achieve the same waist-circumference reduction.

Other research has found that whole grains create a greater feeling of satiety than white bread (which reduces the likelihood of food cravings) and that regular whole grain consumption is associated with lower body weight.

Heart health: A study of 233 healthy middle-aged people found that eating three servings of whole grains (whole wheat and whole oats) per day reduced blood pressure enough to decrease the risk of heart disease and stroke by up to 25%.

This finding is supported by the Physicians Health Study, which discovered that after adjusting for age, alcohol consumption, consumption of vegetables, vitamin use, smoking, exercise, and heart disease history, men who eat whole grain cereal daily are 29% less likely to suffer heart failure. Other research has shown significant cardiovascular benefits for women as well.

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Cancer: Oats are nearly as rich in antioxidants as broccoli and spinach, which means that consuming oats may help to protect against cancer, as well as a variety of other health problems. The fiber in oats may also provide some protection. Research has shown that pre-menopausal women who consume more than 30 grams of fiber per day reduce their risk of breast cancer by 52% over women who eat very little fiber (other research has shown breast cancer risk reduction benefits for post-menopausal women as well).

Asthma: A study of more than 1,000 children in Finland found that those who began eating oats at a younger age were less likely to be afflicted with persistent asthma. The findings of another study suggest that eating more whole grains and fish could reduce children’s asthma prevalence by about 50%.

Immunity: The findings of various studies indicate that oats may boost the immune system, helping the body fight off infections.

Diabetes: The results of a number of studies suggest that oats may be beneficial in reducing the risk of becoming diabetic, and for helping to control blood sugar in even in those who have the condition. However, other studies suggest that barley has more significant effects on blood sugar than oats.

George Mateljan Foundation, “Oats,” World’s Healthiest Foods, 20120.
Whole Grains Council, “Health Studies on Whole Grains: Oats,”n.d.

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