For many people around the world, a warm bowl of nutritious and filling oatmeal made from Canadian oats is how they start their day.
Topped with a sprinkling of fresh fruit, a heaping spoonful of brown sugar, or some savoury ingredients like the bacon and cheese in this recipe, oats are a delicious part of a healthy lifestyle.
Canadian oats are packed with nutritional benefits: they’re a great source of vitamin B, calcium and potassium and are high in dietary fibre.
The high fibre levels in oats makes you feel more full for a longer period of time which can help with maintaining a healthy weight. It can also help prevent diabetes by slowing the body’s reabsorption of sugar while improving blood sugar levels.
Oats contain beta glucan, a type of soluble fibre, which helps reabsorb bad cholesterol. It’s also a source of Inositol which lowers cholesterol levels. Low cholesterol levels can decrease the risk of heart disease and stroke.
The Mayo Clinic recommends that men and women under the age of 50 consume 38 and 25 grams of fibre a day, respectively. Men and women who are 51 and older should be consuming 30 and 21 grams of fibre a day. One cup of cooked instant oatmeal has approximately four grams of fibre.
Adding fresh fruit like raspberries to your oatmeal can give your daily fibre intake an extra boost, while a handful of nuts or a dollop of nut butter can give it a nice kick of protein.
Oats can be eaten raw, but cooked oats – like oatmeal – can help reduce fatigue and give you that much-needed jolt of energy to help kick-start your day. Canadian oats are available in a variety of different types, such as instant, quick-cooking, rolled and steel-cut oats. When cooked, each of these brings a different texture and flavour to the recipes they’re in, making them incredibly versatile and easy to incorporate into your day-to-day life.
Not only that, but they’re also affordable and low in calories – making oatmeal the perfect food for your healthy lifestyle.