Welcome to Foodsterr!

7 Reasons to Love Oats

Whether in the form of oatmeal, granola or mixed into baked goods, oats are always a great healthy option for breakfast or a midday snack. Oats gain part of their distinctive flavor from the roasting process that they undergo after being harvested and cleaned. Although oats are then hulled, this process does not strip away their bran and germ allowing them to retain a concentrated source of their fiber and nutrients. Here are just seven of the many health benefits of oats.

Oats help to lower bad cholesterol and prevent heart disease
Oatmeal and oat bran are significant sources of dietary fiber. One component of the soluble fibre found in oats is beta-glucans, a soluble fiber which has proven effective in lowering blood cholesterol and preventing heart disease. 

Oats help to stabilize blood sugar levels and prevent diabetes
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. 

Oats help to reduce cancer risk
Oats, like other grains and vegetables, contain hundreds of phytochemicals (plant chemicals). Many phytochemicals are thought to reduce a person's risk of getting hormone-related diseases such as breast cancer, prostate cancer, endometrium and ovarian cancer. 

Oats help to reduce high blood pressure
A daily serving of whole oats rich in soluble fibre can reduce hypertension, or high blood pressure, and so reduce the need for anti-hypertensive medication. 

Oats help to promote healthy bowel function
Fiber is necessary in keeping bowel movements regular and oats are high in both soluble and insoluble fiber. Insoluble fiber absorbs many times its own weight of liquid, making stools heavier and speeding their passage through the gut.

Oats help to maintain healthy weight
As the soluble fiber of oats is digested, it forms a gel which delays the stomach emptying, making you feel full longer and preventing over-eating. 

Oats help to boost athletic performance
Oats have been shown in scientific studies to favorably alter metabolism and enhance performance when ingested 45 minutes to 1 hour before exercise of moderate intensity.

 

Joanna Kang

Why We Love Superfoods

Superfoods like blueberries, salmon, kale and quinoa have been more popular than ever, thanks to the great nutritional value and health benefits they promise. Whenever you feel like opening a bag of potato chips instead of having a handful of almonds as a snack, remember these wonderful benefits and you might just change your mind.   

Superfoods help your body fight free radicals. Superfoods like berries are rich in antioxidants, which destroy the free radicals that can damage the cells in your body. This protection improves your health and reduces your risk of disease.

Superfoods can strengthen your immune system. The nutrients and phytochemicals present in many superfoods keep your immune system strong so you’re less likely to fall sick.

Superfoods help you maintain a healthy weight. Superfoods like oats which are high in fiber and low in calories allow you to enjoy more of them without adding many extra calories. Others like almonds are rich in protein, fiber, and good fats that keep hunger at bay.

Superfoods may help reduce the risk of cancer. Some studies have shown that the nutrients, fiber, good fats, and phytochemicals found in certain superfoods like berries, walnuts and garlic can lower the risk of several types of cancer.

Superfoods can keep your heart healthy. Those same nutrients, fiber, good fats, and phytochemicals also protect your heart by reducing inflammation and keeping blood vessels healthy.

Superfoods help maintain your youthful complexion. The antioxidants in superfoods reduce damage to your skin, and many foods are rich in vitamin C that keeps connective tissue strong. This combination leads to beautiful, healthy skin.

Get More Fibre in Your Diet

We all know that dietary fibre — found mainly in fruits, vegetables, whole grains and legumes — can prevent or relieve constipation. But fibre has so many other health benefits as well, from lowering cholesterol levels to helping us maintain a healthy weight. Here’s why we all need more fibre in our lives.

Fibre helps regulate bowel movements and maintain bowel health.

Dietary fibre decreases your chance of constipation. A high-fiber diet may also lower your risk of developing hemorrhoids and small pouches in your colon.

Fibre can lower your cholesterol levels, and boost your heart health.

Soluble fibre found in beans, oats, flaxseed and oat bran may help lower total blood cholesterol levels by lowering ‘bad’ cholesterol levels. High-fibre foods may also have other heart-health benefits, such as reducing blood pressure and inflammation.

Fibre helps control blood sugar levels.

For people with diabetes, fibre can slow the absorption of sugar and help improve blood sugar levels. A healthy diet that includes insoluble fibre may also reduce the risk of developing type 2 diabetes.

Fibre can help you achieve a healthy weight.

High-fibre foods tend to be more filling, so you're likely to eat less and stay satisfied longer. High-fibre foods also tend to take longer to eat and to be less "energy dense," which means they have fewer calories for the same volume of food.

Here are some great tips from the University of California, San Francisco on how to take simple steps to increase your fibre intake. 

Here are our Fiber rich foods

3 Item(s)

logo newsletter

GET HOOKED UP!

Sign up to get the latest promos, recipes and tips.

10% off your first order