Thursday, June 08, 2006

oat - a wonderful grain

What's better than a bowl of oatmeal? This hearty grain is an excellent confort food! I especially like to enjoy it on its own: a big bowl of large oat flakes with a little milk and brown sugar... Mmmmm! Furthermore, this special whole grain has a special type of fiber, known as viscous fibers, that has been proven to benefit heart health, as well as diabetes, cancers, and obesity. These benefits would be attributable to beta-glucane (the predominant viscous fiber in oat) that could help lower blood cholesterol concentrations in addition to blood glucose concentrations. Moreover, whole grains abound in multiple antioxydants, and these compounds further improve health and definitely play a key role in disease prevention. Fortunately, its versatility makes it easy to use it in numerous recipes; use your imagination and creativity!

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