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your oat cuisine

Whether you like your porridge quick, slow or on the go, it can be a very healthy option (depending on how you serve it). Nutrition editor Amanda Ursell shares the benefits of a hot oaty bowlful and 10 toppings that would keep mummy, daddy and baby bears happy and healthy…

YOU’VE PROBABLY HEARD OATS HELP LOWER CHOLESTEROL, but did you know this is due to a particular type of soluble fibre called beta-glucan? This fibre is present in wholegrain oats and oat bran and, once eaten, it forms a sticky gel in your digestive system to which cholesterol in your gut becomes attached. Unable to be absorbed back into your bloodstream, the cholesterol is carried out of your body.

THE HEALTH BENEFITS

Fibre provider

Wholegrain oats are among the few foods for which it’s legally permitted to print a specific health claim on the packaging. Manufacturers are allowed to state that eating 3g soluble fibre a day as part of an overall healthy diet can lower blood cholesterol, which may reduce the risk of heart disease. An average 40g serving of oats gives us two-thirds of this 3g beta-glucan goal, while a larger 55g portion provides 100%.

Weight-loss support

Porridge is digested slowly, leaving you with a feeling of fullness and energy.

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