Oats have unique nutritional properties. They contain more protein and more unsaturated fats than most other cereal grains, high levels of the soluble fibre beta-glucan and a number of interesting anti-inflammatory compounds called avenanthramides. Regular consumption offers multiple cardiovascular and metabolic benefits including lowering total and LDL cholesterol, improving glycaemic control and increasing satiety.
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