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Healthy Ingredient Spotlight: Gluten Free Oats


Healthy Ingredient Spotlight: Gluten Free Oats

The New Year has arrived, and with the cooler winter months comes the desire for something warm and filling – how about some oats? Gluten free oats make for a healthy snack or meal and offer a ton of health benefits to keep your energy levels up. Check it out:

Fuels your Body

Oats provide 66 grams of carbs per 100 gram serving, which means you are getting a lot of fuel for your day. Before discounting oats due to the high carb content, consider the dietary fiber it also offers – which helps ensure cardiovascular health.

Controls Blood Sugar

Gluten free oats contain a soluble fiber called beta-glucan, which helps you maintain a blood sugar level by slowing down the body’s absorption of sugars while digesting – especially important for avoiding the development of, or improve the management of Type II Diabetes. Beta-glucan can also boost your immune system by helping it find the source of infection more quickly.

Helps Your Heart & Circulatory System

Soluble fiber, found in oats, helps lower total cholesterol levels, leading to a healthier heart and circulatory system. Meanwhile, the antioxidants limit the oxidation of LDL cholesterol, which prevents it from penetrating the blood vessel walls to cut down on plaque build-up. Drinking some orange juice or taking a Vitamin C supplement with your oats can help to boost this benefit.,/p>

Keeps You Full

By slowing digestion and ensuring a regular amount of the appetite control hormone Peptide Y-Y, gluten free oats can help you feel fuller, longer. Studies have shown that oatmeal is one of the highest-rated foods for “satiety” – the feeling of being full. If you are looking to start your day with energy and a full feeling to last you until lunch, look no further. Buying gluten free oats, as opposed to any type of oats, ensures that it is a gluten-free variety, which is easier to digest – particularly if you have a gluten intolerance or allergy. You can find the same varieties of gluten free oats as regular oats, such as quick oats, rolled oats, or steel-cut oats. Ground oat flour can also be used as a substitute for regular flour in some recipes. Looking for a gluten free oat snack for when you’re on the go? Look no further than our 22 Days Nutrition Cherry Chocolate Bliss  and Goji Mate Firecracker bars (and yes they are absolutely as good as they sound!).

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