Processing something easily digestible, healthy, beneficial to the body, so your stomach will always appreciate it. And even if this food tastes good to your tongue, complete joy! And that what am I talking about? These superlatives belong to one of the most popular cereals, classics, the traditional food of our ancestors – oats.
Oats in the past
Oats are the youngest of all cereals, only in the early Middle Ages discovered its advantages. As early as the 1st century AD, the Roman writer Pliny noticed that Germanic tribes ate oatmeal. The Germanic warriors called oatmeal the food of the gods and cooked it before the campaign. It gave them a lot of energy. The ancient Romans, on the other hand, liked to dip oats in wine, which the soldiers drank before the fight, while giving oats to horses (among us: an interesting way to save the nerves of horses on the battlefield…). The Scots made whiskey from oats , baked bread from it, and ate a portion of porridge each morning while standing to spread the blessed food all over their bodies.
Our ancestors used oats as medicine. Not only grain, but also straw. Mainly for skin inflammation and eczema. And there was a saying , “Who drinks tea from oats, he always bounces …” . The exact reason for the proverb is not known, but there is one explanation. Oatmeal brewing (“tea”) is used when you have a problem with constipation!
But no, certainly not the proverb applied to this property. Traditionally, a broth made of boiled oat grains had a beneficial effect on the nervous system, especially when a person was tired and exhausted.
Oats have a quality under the skin
Like any cereal, oats have specific properties that support and strengthen our health:
The lecithin contained in oatmeal is important for nerve nutrition.
It is a rich source of fiber , which helps prevent constipation and maintains the proper functioning of the large intestine.
High content of B vitamins is important for the nervous system.
It is very rich in phosphorus, magnesium and iron; The share of zinc , which has an irreplaceable role in our metabolism, is also high.
High energy and nutritional value results from the high proportion of quality proteins, which with their composition are very close to the ideal protein.
The fat content of oat grain is 2-4 times higher than other cereals. Its greatest concentration is in the germ. Some of the varieties have more than 10% fat and its quality is excellent. The largest proportion is unsaturated fatty acids.
It contains complex sugars that decompose smoothly in the body according to the needs of the body, which provides strength for a longer period of time and does not burden the pancreas and other organs.
Betaglucan in oat bran helps regulate blood sugar levels and lowers cholesterol.
Mucus in oats ointments and softens the inside of the digestive tract, which helps with inflammation of the lining of the stomach and intestines.
Thanks to its huge nutritional value and easy digestibility, oats are one of the main foods in the human diet.
Oats and benefits for our health
Reduces the risk of heart disease
To this day, folk healers recommend oats not only as food but also as medicine. It helps with diseases of the nervous system and digestive problems, reduces the risk of heart disease and heart attack, suppresses the increased activity of the thyroid gland, strengthens the body during exhaustion and fatigue. Externally helps in the treatment of skin eczema.
Oats provide an effective aid in digestion. Glucans (substances contained in oats) act as a protective layer on the mucous membranes of the stomach and intestines. Oat soup binds aggressive stomach acids, which cause heartburn and soothes the entire digestive tract. Those who consume this cereal more often have a protected gut from infections.
Stabilizes blood sugar
Other pros of oats include stabilizing blood sugar. Oats are rich in carbohydrates, which are slowly absorbed and thus gradually release energy. Blood sugar rises slowly and flatly, so its level remains balanced. In a small amount, oats also contain fructose , which does not need insulin to penetrate cells (unlike glucose) and thus has the ability to fully replace glucose in metabolic processes. Therefore, oats are especially recommended for diabetics.
It lowers cholesterol
Regular consumption of oats lowers cholesterol . It is recommended to eat 40 – 50 g of oat bran or 80 – 100 g of oatmeal per day. Thus, a significant decrease in the level of “bad” LDL cholesterol can be achieved. Oatmeal extract supports the activity of the kidneys, removes insomnia, is a good remedy against the so-called equality of obesity. It is interesting that this extract works well against diarrhea. (But the fumes from the flakes have the exact opposite effect, so be careful here!
For beautiful hair and nails
In oats is everything your hair, skin and nails need.
Interesting: What is naked oats?
Unlike sown oats, naked oats do not need to peel and have better sensory properties of grains and flakes. However, the disadvantage is the sensitivity to damage to the germ , which can lead to yellowing and bitterness of fats. The difference in the chemical composition of naked and chaffed oats is mainly influenced by chaff, but the nutritional value of peeled chops of chaffed oats is similar to naked oats. It can be bought mainly in organic stores and health food stores. It is suitable for the preparation of porridge, salads, spreads, baking mixes, but also for germination… The preparation is fast and the taste is excellent.