If Robert Burns had written ‘Address to the Oatcake’ one of Scotland’s unsung heroes would have had the break that brought his podgy faced friend, the haggis, international stardom, but alas the worthy oatcake was left to watch from the side – until now!
10 Reasons To Eat More Oatcakes
- Oats, known scientifically as Avena Sativa, are a hardy cereal grain able to withstand poor soil conditions in which other crops are unable to thrive. Their fortitude seems to be transferred to those who consume this nutrient-rich grain.
- Studies since 1963 have shown that oats can help reduce cholesterol and they are a source of vitamins and minerals.
- If you have problems sleeping – an oatcake for supper can help you have a better sleep.
- A study published in the Archives of Internal Medicine confirms that eating high fiber foods, such as oats, helps prevent heart disease.
- In laboratory studies beta-glucan (present in oats) significantly enhanced the human immune system’s response to bacterial infection.
- Studies also show that beta-glucan has beneficial effects in diabetes as well. Type 2 diabetes patients given foods high in this type of oat fiber or given oatmeal or oat bran rich foods experienced much lower rises in blood sugar compared to those who were given white rice or bread.
- Increasing consumption of whole grains and fish could reduce the risk of childhood asthma by about 50%, suggests the International Study on Allergy and Asthma in Childhood.
- The oatcake is a low-energy dense food, meaning it has a low-calorie content compared to its serving size. Oatcakes can help you feel full on fewer calories, which can aid in weight control.
- The oatcake is also very low in sodium – high intakes of sodium contribute to elevated blood pressures.
- Oatcakes are highly versatile and can be eaten on their own or topped with smoke mackerel or cheese. They also make a stunning companion to single malt whisky.
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