Oats were first seen in literature going as far back as 1BC and have since been a popular food source, though they haven’t always been so healthy. Oats were actually considered a confectionary in the 1900s and weren’t deemed a health food until the late 90s, shortly before their FDA approval. There are various different species and subspecies of oats, and all have been used as food for livestock and humans for centuries. Types of oats include whole, steel-cut, rolled and instant.
Oats have many health benefits that make them an effective remedy for many things. In the past, they’ve been used to treat rheumatism, chronic neurological pain, bladder weakness, insomnia, stress, anxiety, depression and nervous exhaustion. Oats also have a soothing effect on skin problems like dry skin, itchiness, eczema, measles, chickenpox, psoriasis and sunburn.
Oats are gluten-free and a great source of fiber. They contain more fat and protein than most other grains, as well as important vitamins and minerals such as manganese, phosphorus, magnesium, copper, iron, zinc, folate and vitamins B1 and B5. Oats are one of the most nutrient-rich foods available. Rich in antioxidants and other beneficial plant compounds, they can lower cholesterol levels and reduce the risk of heart disease.
Oats contain a soluble fiber called beta-glucan, which may help release satiety hormones (the hormones that tell you you’re full) and delay emptying of the stomach. Oats are a perfect breakfast food because they are so low in sugar and high in protein and fiber, which can help your little one stay fuller for longer. You can enjoy them warm or cold, and add fruit and nuts to give an even bigger dose of nutrients.