Oatmeal and whole grain cereals have been touted as the perfect start to a day for years. Its high level fibre and complex carbohydrate content is known to satiate one’s appetite for an extended time, helps lower Low density lipoprotein (LDL) “bad” cholesterol and facilitate weight loss. This is opposed to carbohydrates like white bread, potatoes, white rice and pastries which are quick boost blood sugar levels, but stimulates hunger faster, thus causing one to snack or overeat.
Despite its obvious health benefits, oatmeal has not been quite well received or widely embraced by the masses. This could be due to its bland taste and soggy texture. The solution to this could be Kordel’s Active Oat 35. Compared to normal oats, it is neutral in taste and is smooth and fine in texture, making it a versatile add – on to food and drinks. Enriched with brown rice, it also provides the heart with phytonutrients that helps reduce the risk of heart disease.
Oats contain a form of soluble fibre called oat beta-glucan which concentrates on the outer layers of the grains (oat bran). Since 1963, numerous studies have proven the beneficial effects of this soluble fibre on cholesterol levels. It works by dissolving in water and forming a thick gel in the digestive tract. This gel, then binds to excess cholesterol and cholesterol – like substances within the gut, preventing it from being absorbed by the body. The gel and cholesterol are then excreted as part of the body’s waste. Studies show that in individuals with high cholesterol, consuming just three grams of oat beta – glucan per day typically lowers one’s total cholesterol by 8% to 23%. This is highly significant as every drop in serum cholesterol translates to a 2% decrease in the risk of developing heart disease.
Oat beta – glucan also helps control blood glucose levels. The carbohydrate found in oat bran is an exemplary energy source because it converts into glucose very gradually, providing sustained energy and greater control of blood glucose levels. Hence, it is good for pre – diabetics who are trying to lower their blood glucose levels. Studies have also shown that oat beta – glucan has beneficial effects on diabetes. Patients with Type 2 Diabetes, who given oat beta – glucan experienced only slightly increase in blood sugar levels compared to those who were given other grains.
Additionally, oat beta – glucan also slows down sugar absorption and helps to reduce sudden fluctuations in blood sugar levels after meals. The European Food Safety Authority (ESFA) concluded that the consumption of oat beta – glucan can help lessen the spike in blood glucose levels after meals. The local research lab also recognised the fact that oat beta – glucan minimises the rise in blood sugar levels, provided it is not consumed together with food. Therefore, starting off your day with oat beta – glucan may make it easier to keep blood glucose levels under control throughout the day.