5 Health Benefits Of Oats
Oats are one of the main ingredients in our protein bites. Not only are they gluten-free, but they are also one of the healthiest grains in the world. It is more important than ever for individuals to find healthy lifestyle habits to enhance their overall mental and physical health!
Great Source of Vitamins
1- According to the National Library of Medicine, oats are a great source of vitamins and minerals! They contain valuable nutrients such as starch, protein, zinc, vitamin E, folates, and iron [Rasane et al. 2013]. We include oats because these nutrients and micronutrients are vital to disease prevention, healthy development, and overall well being.
Oats are High Fiber
2-In a single cup of oats, there are 8 grams of fiber. The most important fiber contained in oats is called beta-glucan. According to the Harvard School of Public Health, beta-glucan is a soluble fiber that can reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease. [Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health 2019]. High-fiber diets have been shown to improve performance in activities of daily living for individuals with intellectual disabilities.
Full of Antioxidants!
3- The chemical composition of oats provide high levels of antioxidants that assist in protecting the cells from free radicals that cause disease and cancers [Rasane et al. 2013].
Lowers Risk of Heart Disease
4- As presented in the previous statements, the primary fiber in oats in beta-glucan [Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health 2019]. Beta-glucan helps lower cholesterol levels and reduce the risk of heart disease.
Reduces Blood Pressure
5- Consuming oats on a daily basis has been shown to reduce both systolic and diastolic blood pressure in patients with borderline and mild hypertension [Keenan et al. 2002]. According to “The Journal of Family Practice,” eating oats can reduce systolic pressure by a maximum of 7.5 points and can reduce diastolic pressure by a maximum of 5.5 points [“Oatmeal and Blood Pressure” n.d.].
Our Products are Accessible!
Overall, we add gluten-free oats to our protein bites because it makes them accessible to individuals with celiac’s disease, autism, down syndrome, and other disabilities. We use scientifically proven, vegan, and gluten-free (still delicious!) ingredients to help those with disabilities function at a higher level. We believe that health should be accessible to everyone!