Category Archives: Oats (Avena sativa)

On the Shelf Life of Oats

Oats are considered a healthy food. They are high in fibre and contain good levels of vitamins and minerals. The health effects of oats derive partly from the fact that the oats are usually eaten in their whole food form, … Continue reading

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Oat Seed (Avena sativa): Effective Nervine and Antidepressant?

There are some traditional treatments for mood disorders that have very limited research to substantiate the claims. However, this should not be seen as showing the treatments are ineffective as absence of proof does not constitute proof of absence. Oat … Continue reading

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Whole Grains Lower Blood Cholesterol

Whole grains are cereal grains that contain the original material found in whole unprocessed plants. This includes all the fibre, vitamins and minerals. In contrast, refined grains are processed during manufacture and some of the germ and most of the … Continue reading

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Oats Lower Cholesterol: Beta-Glucans

Fibre was once considered little more than roughage for the gastrointestinal tract. However, advances in nutritional science has shown fibre to be a complex and heterogeneous group of compounds with diverse effects. Many studies have investigated the effects of various … Continue reading

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Fibre And Insulin Resistance

Nutrient overload is one of the primary, if not the primary drivers, of insulin resistance. Too much energy in the form of fructose can overload the hepatocytes of the liver with energy and this stimulates the de novo lipogenesis pathway. … Continue reading

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Do Oats Increase Fat Excretion?

Oats have some interesting physiological properties in humans. Oats have been extensively researched and their effects on plasma cholesterol levels are well studied. Oats are a good source of soluble fibre and this may confer some of the lipid lowering … Continue reading

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Soluble Fibre and Short Chain Fatty Acids

Plant fibre is an important part of the human diet. In fact, plant fibres may be conditionally essential to human health where starch forms part of the macronutrient intake. This relates to the ability of dietary fibre to modulate glucose … Continue reading

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More on Fibre and Short-Chain Fatty Acids

Soluble fibre has been shown to possess the ability to lower blood lipids in both normal and hypercholesterolaemic subjects, with effects being seen generally in the low density lipoprotein (LDL) fraction. However, insoluble fibre does not share the same lipidaemic … Continue reading

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Whole Plant Foods: The Original Cell Structure

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Oats and Legumes to Control Blood Sugar

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