8 Health Benefits of Eating Oats and Oatmeal

Oats are rich in carbs and fiber, but also higher in protein and fat than most other grains. They contain many vitamins and minerals.

Oats contain many antioxidants, including avenanthramides. These compounds may help reduce blood pressure and have anti-inflammatory and anti-itching effects.

Oats are high in the soluble fiber beta-glucan, which has numerous benefits. It helps reduce blood glucose levels, promotes healthy gut bacteria, and can regulate type 2 diabetes.

Oats may lower the risk of heart disease by reducing both total and LDL (bad) cholesterol, as well as by protecting LDL from oxidation.

Due to the soluble fiber beta-glucan, oats may improve insulin sensitivity and help lower blood sugar levels.

Oatmeal may help you lose weight by making you feel more full. It does this by slowing down the emptying of the stomach and increasing the production of the satiety hormone PYY.

Colloidal oatmeal (finely ground oats) has long been used to help treat dry and itchy skin. It may help relieve symptoms of various skin conditions, including eczema.

Some research suggests that oats may help prevent asthma in children when fed to young infants, but more research is still needed.