Oats are a type of whole grain that are high in fiber and nutrients, and they can be a healthy choice for breakfast or any other meal. They are a good source of antioxidants, B-vitamins, and minerals such as iron and zinc. Oats are also relatively low in calories and can help you feel full and satisfied. When minimally processed, they're also really steady carbohydrates for glucose and energy!
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There are many other whole grains that are also nutritious and can be included in a healthy diet, so if you don’t like oats, or they aren’t culturally applicable to how you eat and live, then try another grain!
Different grains are popular in different countries, on different continents all around the world! But regardless, grains are the cornerstone and main component of nearly every cultural diet in all corners of the world.
Some examples of other great grains include quinoa, buckwheat, brown rice, whole wheat berries, barley, beans, lentils, and millet. It is generally recommended to include a variety of whole grains in your diet to ensure that you are getting a wide range of nutrients. Try a little of everything! They’re loaded with magnesium, folate, and basic nutrients like fiber and protein!
So must you eat oats? No! But regardless of your grain of choice, It is also important to consider your individual nutritional needs and preferences, as well as any potential allergies or intolerances when choosing grains to include in your diet. Wheat, rye, oats, barley, and freekeh all are likely to contain gluten, so if you have a gluten allergy, you know what to do.
Stay safe and healthy out there! If you have any other questions about ways to incorporate more whole grains, ask your care team! They’re just a button away!