‘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.