Oats are a type of health promoting soluble fibre meaning they mix well with water forming a thick pulp like substance. They are both a sustainable source of energy and act as a bulking agent helping you to feel fuller for longer and aid healthy bowel function. They also physically increase the transit rate of fat through the bowel both aiding digestion but also reducing the overall absorption of fat!
Through reducing the absorption of fat you will positively influence your cholesterol levels i.e. higher ratio of HDL cholesterol (good) to LDL cholesterol (bad), plus you can reduce your risk of heart disease and some cancers.
Your new found energy and capacity to train harder for longer will not only increase heart health, but also increase your bodies muscle to fat ratio meaning you will burn more calories at rest, reducing both sub-cutaneous (fat under skin) and visceral fat (fat around organs), also promoting health and longevity!
TIP: Try blending approximately 30-40g of oats into your protein shake for a hunger satisfying, energising, cholesterol lowering shake!