If you want the energy to toss a caber start the day with a bowl of oats
Oats, the Highland favourite, have been grown for more than 2,000 years and were a staple of tough 14th century Scottish soldiers. If you want the energy to toss a caber start the day with a bowl of porridge. You can also include them in muesli, use them in a crumble topping or you could make healthy oatcakes.
- Oats are great for your heart as they can reduce raised levels of harmful LDL cholesterol - a risk factor for heart disease and stroke. They contain beta-glucan, just three grams of which a day can lower LDL by almost 20%, according to research. There's 1.75g in a bowl of porridge and 0.75g of it in a slice of oat-flour bread.
- Carbohydrates such as oats help produce serotonin, a calming hormone that regulates your sleep and mood.
- They are full of fibre, which is essential for a healthy digestive system.
- Oats are low GI - they release glucose slowly throughout the day, sustaining energy levels.
- The active ingredient in oats can help to boost your immune system, so will keep you on fighting form.
Source: Daily Mirror
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