Oats as a remedy
Oatmeal, porridge, gruel, oat bran – the possibilities of the use of the Cereal crop oats (Avena) for the human diet are many and varied. In the middle ages, the people of oats brewed beer. Today, this Cereal is used mainly as a feed for animals, especially horses, of oats tastes. No wonder, because compared to other cereals such as rye, wheat or barley, oats are particularly rich in nutrients.
Oats: rich in vitamins, minerals and amino acids
Oats is considered to be the most nutritionally valuable grain, which is mainly due to the high protein content of almost twelve percent. In addition, the proteins in the oats, mostly from the essential amino acids. In the case of the essential amino acids are the building blocks of proteins, which can build up in the body. These include the essential amino acids including isoleucine, leucine, lysine, methionine, phenylalanine, and valine. In addition to the twelve grams of protein 100 grams of oats contain:
- 13 Grams Of Water
- Of 7.1 Grams Of Fat
- To 59.2 Grams Of Carbohydrates
- 6.2 Grams Of Dietary Fiber
- Of 2.9 Grams Of Mineral Substances.
Include in the oats contained minerals including potassium, Magnesium, iron, Calcium, zinc and phosphorus. Also important the vitamins of the cereals, especially vitamins from the B group and Vitamin E. Since oats has a lot of calories – 100 grams of bring it to about 337 calories (kcal) of oat products, especially popular among sports enthusiasts: they deliver a lot of energy, put a strain on the stomach but barely.
The healing properties of oats
Especially in the natural healing of the cereals, oats is said to have a healing effect, but also scientifically a positive effect has been demonstrated in certain diseases. In Natural medicine, especially the green oat is harvested before flowering is used: As a tea of green oats frees end-products of the body metabolism and as a Bath additive it helps with skin impurities and provides a soft and supple skin. Also, such a bath for rheumatism and body pain.
Due to the many dietary fiber, the grain is regarded in Natural medicine as an aid in gastro-intestinal complaints. The indigestible dietary fiber to form on the stomach and intestinal mucosa with a protective layer and keep the acid gastric juice from the mucous membrane. In addition, two servings of oatmeal per day to help ensure that the proportion of LDL-cholesterol (Low-Density Lipoprotein cholesterol), decreases in the body. In traditional Chinese medicine, oats are even used to regulate the blood sugar levels.
Oats: Gluten is only present in small quantities
In comparison to other cereals, is included in the oats just a little Gluten. In the case of Gluten is a mixture of proteins, which ensures that the bread can rise during baking and also after baking, still retains its shape. In the case of a Hypersensitivity to the adhesive protein can cause Gluten to a chronic inflammation of the mucous membrane of the small intestine. This is referred to as gluten intolerance or celiac disease. Symptoms of celiac disease, weight loss, vomiting, diarrhea, and fatigue.
Although oats contain little Gluten, the problem is that oats are often contaminated with other cereals that have a high Gluten content. Therefore, oats should not be consumed in the case of a gluten intolerance better. Meanwhile, it is offered in the trade of non-contaminated oats, but even here caution is required: Because individual responses to the non-contaminated oats are difficult to estimate. As a rule of thumb, people should eat with a gluten intolerance a day to a maximum of 50g non-contaminated oats, and this only under medical observation.
Interesting facts about the oats
The cereals in oat belongs to, as well as numerous other cereals, plant genus of the grasses. The oat differs from other cereals in that it forms no Ears, but panicles. The flowering period of the oat is between June and August, and harvested the grain from about the middle of August. Oat prefers high rainfall and a temperate climate, but also in case of unfavorable weather conditions, more stable returns than, for example, the summer barley.
Probably oat was cultivated already during the bronze age, later, the cereal was popular with the Germans. Only from the 17th. Century, as the potato in Europe was popular, lost the oats slowly in importance. Today, the Oat crop is in comparison to other cereals, it is only a subordinate role.