Oats are one of various types of whole grains. Whole grains are types of grains which contain all parts of a grain: the bran, germ, and endosperm. Refined grains only contain one of these parts. By choosing refined grains instead of whole grains, you can miss out on important nutrients that keep your body healthy and prevent heart disease, diabetes, and obesity. In addition, oats can help to lower bad cholesterol and prevent asthma. They are also high in folate and iron, making them a smart choice for expectant mothers. Don’t like oatmeal? No worries. Oats take on the flavor of the food in which they are mixed. They can be added to pancakes, smoothies, salads, breads, you name it! There are plenty of ways to fit this super food into your diet on a daily basis.
Colleen Forrest, RDN, LDN
Spectrum Health Services, Inc.