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Oats so good for youPosted at 4:00PM, 31 October 2008 by Graham Holliday - Blogger
I don't know about you, but with a family and schools to get kids to, the first meal of the day is inevitably toast and coffee, lots of coffee and a hurried orange juice. According to a report out today I've got it all wrong. I'm not getting enough oats in the AM.
According to Nutritionist Dr Carrie Ruxton, whose report is published in the British Food Journal today, health is all about oats. Oats for breakfast, and oats for lunch. The report found that a bowl of oats and a sandwich made out of oat flour bread is enough oat power to help us get through the day and keep a cap on that nasty cholesterol,
"Fifteen of the studies found regular consumption of oats cut total cholesterol levels among the 1,450 volunteers. In 13 studies, cholesterol levels were reduced "significantly" by up to 17 per cent. Three reported big reductions in harmful low-density lipoproteins and several found eating oats regularly boosted "good cholesterol".
The last thing I want to eat in the morning is something that's a task to prepare, a bit dull to eat
I'm not quite sure what lipoproteins are, apart from clearly not very good for you, but OK, I'm convinced that oats are healthy and I should be eating more of them. Quaker Oats try to convince us that a bowl of their oats can stem hunger for exactly 4 hours and 20 minutes. However, if you're anything like me, the last thing I want to eat in the morning is something that's a task to prepare, a bit dull to eat and looks like wallpaper paste. Yes, I know I could rustle up a tray of breakfast bars or invest in a box of Scots Porridge Oats and throw in some fruit to liven it up, but bleary eyed, caffeine low and kids to wrestle with, I need speed and simplicity.
I've scoured the food blogs to come up with some oaty inspiration, but it's a disturbing world out there. Apologies to oat blogger Lindsay at For the love of Oats for singling you out - I do feel your love for oats, but just not enough to want to follow your example in the scullery. So, for all the health benefits and unless you know of a way I can get my morning oats in a quick, easy and palatable form, I'll have to say thanks, but no thanks. I'll be sticking to toast and coffee with the odd incursion into the Special K rack at the local supermarket.