Everything You Need to Know About … Oats

Kristina LaRue, RD, CSSD, LDN
by Kristina LaRue, RD, CSSD, LDN
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Everything You Need to Know About … Oats

Heart-healthy, fiber-packed and as versatile as they are nutritious, oats come in many different forms — whole-oat groats, steel-cut oats, Scottish oatmeal, old-fashioned rolled oats and instant oats — for a complete form of whole-grain nutrition.

Oatmeal received the first food-specific health claim approved by the FDA, and it gets the American Heart Association’s “heart healthy” seal because soluble fiber can aid in lowering the risk of heart disease. Recent research indicates that oats also have a unique antioxidant called avenanthramides that may help protect blood vessels from the damaging effects of LDL cholesterol.

Rich in a variety of B vitamins, like thiamin, riboflavin, niacin, vitamin B6 and folate, oats provide nutrients that support a healthy metabolism through the formation of red and white blood cells.

Finally, the soluble fiber found in oats helps with regulating blood glucose and  keeps you full for longer because it helps to slow the digestion of food emptying from the stomach — giving oatmeal eaters that “stick to your ribs” feeling.

About the Author

Kristina LaRue, RD, CSSD, LDN
Kristina LaRue, RD, CSSD, LDN

Kristina is a board certified sports dietitian located in Orlando, Florida where she specializes in intuitive and mindful eating. She is the author of the food and nutrition blog, Love & Zest where she shares {mostly} healthy recipes with simple ingredients that are meant for real life. As a new mom, she knows that eating well and living an active lifestyle isn’t always easy… but it’s always worth it!! Kristina loves spending time outdoors with her family, sweaty workouts, and a good cup of coffee. Get in touch with her for one-on-one nutrition coaching (virtually or in person), or connect with her on PinterestInstagramFacebook  and YouTube.


4 responses to “Everything You Need to Know About … Oats”

  1. Avatar Skoutariotis says:

    You did not mention the just as important fact of the varieties of oats, they are not all as healthy! And in my opinion, of course I’m not even close to be as knowledgeable as you, they don’t all have the same nutritional potency!

  2. Avatar jim says:

    Are “steel cut oats” as good for you as Oat Meal (like Quaker Oats)?

    • Avatar munkytown says:

      Some claim steel cut are “superior” but I’ve also read and personally believe there isn’t that much difference, other than price. I’ve eaten Old Fashioned Quaker Oats since I was a kid.

      • Avatar Skoutariotis says:

        They all have same nutritional value, but I’ve read somewhere that steel cut retain their nutrients a whole better under heat. Many foods start to lose their nutrients when heated.

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