Studies show that oats based beverages and foodstuff can provide various health benefits to consumers.
Oats, a gluten-free superfood, are a staple in household pantries and are gaining mass popularity across the globe due to the exponential rise of oat milk. Plus, our mothers love to add it to our breakfast meals. But what makes it so likeable? Oats are a soluble fibre that can help lower cholesterol reabsorption in the body. They're also low in sodium and are a good source of protein and essential vitamins, minerals, fibre, and antioxidants.
Before we delve deeper into its health benefits, let’s first understand where it comes from, its various types and the popular ways it is consumed. Oats are whole-grain food initially harvested as oat kernels from the oat plant. These then have their hulls removed to form oat groats, further exposed to heat and moisture to make them shelf-stable and suitable for human consumption.
One can find oats in various forms in the market, such as flours, confectioneries, vegan milk, etc. This whole grain is exceptionally diverse and can be used to create a host of mouth-watering recipes such as dosas, cookies and kheer, among others. Plus, smoothies and beverages made from oat milk are the rages. So, scoop some blueberries from the fridge, add oat milk and a bit of banana to it, blend the mixture, and go with an excellent and delicious beverage to tackle the summer heat.
(Inputs by - Rithwik Ramesh, the Co-founder of Alt Co.)