Oats aren’t just any old whole grain, but are considered the nutritional powerhouse of all whole grains, a sort of Super-Super Hero of Health Foods.
A rich source of fiber, oats have beta-glucans, a fiber which helps protect against heart disease.
Oats also have a bunch of minerals needed for good health, including:
These minerals lower the risk for high blood pressure, diabetes, cancer and heart disease.
Oats Super Hero Sidekicks include amaranth, barley, buckwheat, flaxseed, millet, wheat germ, and whole wheat. Good choices, just not quite as nutritionally dense as oats.
The goal is to eat five to seven daily servings of oats or other whole grains. A serving size is about one-half cup of cooked oats, or three-quarters to one cup dry. One slice of whole grain bread also equals one serving.