Porridge, flapjacks, muffins: oats are a true superfood. Here's why
Eat low-to-moderate GI foods, such as oats, three hours before exercise for maximum effect. Why? Scientists believe they trigger the body to burn fat more quickly, so it can be used to fuel the muscles thereby conserving glycogen to be used later. Perfect for long distance runners: eating oats means you can run for longer.
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Oats are rich in soluble fibre, which binds to and reduces the harmful lower-density lipoprotein (LDL) bad cholesterol in your body. Studies by nutritionists at King's College London showed that regularly eating porridge oats can lower blood cholesterol levels by up to 20%.
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Oats are rich in zinc and B vitamins, which are known to be mood enhancers. Zinc deficiency can lead to tiredness, lack of appetite and feelings of depression. Vitamins B5 and B6, along with other B-complex vitamins promote mental and emotional wellbeing; these vitamins are all present in oats.
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Posted: 11/11/2013 at 13:20
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