Oats for breakfast! Yeah or nay?


Oats are among the healthiest grains on earth. They’re a gluten-free whole grain and a great source of important vitamins, minerals, fiber and antioxidants. Studies show that oats and oatmeal have many health benefits. These include weight loss, lower blood sugar levels and a reduced risk of heart disease.

So says a source I discovered on the net. But, I wondered if they would be considered OK to eat on say the Adkins or Paleo diet regimes? No. They are not approved. The good news is that they are A-OK on the DanO Diet! (Man, I really do love my diet plan)!

Half a cup of oats contains;

  • Manganese: 191% of the RDI – Helps with protein and amino acid digestion and utilization, as well as the metabolism of cholesterol and carbohydrates
  • Phosphorus: 41% of the RDI – The main function of phosphorus is in the formation of bones and teeth.
  • Magnesium: 34% of the RDI – Magnesium Fights Depression. Also an anti inflammatory.
  • Copper: 24% of the RDI – Copper is essential for the synthesis of collagen.
  • Iron: 20% of the RDI – Used to help make hemoglobin.
  • Zinc: 20% of the RDI – Zinc is needed for DNA synthesis, immune function, metabolism and growth.
  • Folate: 11% of the RDI
  • Vitamin B1 (thiamin): 39% of the RDI – Helps the cells in the body convert food into energy
  • Vitamin B5 (pantothenic acid): 10% of the RDI – Necessary for making blood cells, and it helps you convert the food you eat into energy.
  • Smaller amounts of calcium, potassium, vitamin B6 (pyridoxine) and vitamin B3 (niacin)

So, even as this grain is a tad high in the carbohydrate department, it does bring a lot to the ‘table’.. ahem.

About forsythkid

I am just a simple man with a head full of sand who is currently residing in a small town called Forsyth Missouri. I enjoy hiking, camping and all things related to gardening. I rec’d my degree from SIU majoring in Biology many moons ago and still maintain a great interest in the study of all living things. My hobbies include meteorology, the Finnish language and inhabiting cyberspace whenever possible.
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