Originally from Asia, the oats have been cultivated for more than two thousand years around the world. Avena sativa is a high-fiber food, which has high levels of protein, antioxidants, complex starches, selenium and other nutrients, and even after the cleaning process, it retains its bran and germ. The Oat Bran is the outside casing of the oat grain.
Versatile food the oat bran is different than Oatmeal. And can be cooked with water, animal or vegetable milk, natural fruit juice or added to the preparation of savory or sweet dishes, as a thickener or substitute for other flours.
- Health Benefits
-Balances Cholesterol levels – it contains beta-glucans and soluble fibers, which are resistant to digestive process. The fibers absorb bile acids aiding in the prevention of cardiovascular diseases.
-Helps in weightloss – the fibers absorb water from the body and increase the feeling of satiety by acting as an appetite suppressant.
-Prevents Constipation – the fibers soften and improve stool consistency, normalizing bowel movements. But, it is very important the intake of water and teas, as a whole fibers diet with no enough fluid intake will cause more constipation.
-Increases immunity – it helps the cells to find and eliminate faster the infections in the system.
-Decreases the risk of Type 2 Diabetes – it stabilizes the levels of blood sugar and absorbs fat.
-Prevents Breast cancer – a diet rich in whole fibers such as oat bran protects the woman, especially in the pre-menopausal stage.
Store it in airtight containers at a cool, dark and dry place. Buy in small quantities to keep the fresh flavor. Use natural oat bran, without any additives, sugar or salt.
You can create many recipes such as: porridge, sweet or salty biscuits, cakes, pancakes, pies, pizza, breads, sauces and soups or smoothes.
Adopt the daily use of oat bran in your life, (in moderation around 2 to 3 tbsp a day)) and you will surely get numerous benefits for your health.
- Important Note: Like everything in life, its use must be balanced.
1-The bran contains substances called Purines, which can turn into uric acid and cause gout and kidney stones. Therefore, people with kidney and gout problems should limit the consumption of oats or even avoid them.
2-Oat Bran has less gluten levels than other flours, but people with celiac disease and gluten intolerance should consume it only under nutritional supervision and buy gluten-free ones.
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