Oats are slow energy-release cereals known for their numerous health-enhancing properties. As part of a balanced diet, oats can help keep your body slim and toned up. Choose from both flavored and unflavored versions available.
Virtually all bodybuilders and athletes consume oats on a daily basis, largely because of its nutritional richness. Oats are a source of low glycemic index carbohydrates, making them perfect to have as a pre-workout meal.
Low glycemic index foods allow for a tapered release of glucose into the blood stream. This means you'll be able to keep your blood sugar levels steady and won't have cravings for unhealthy snacks.
Oats are also rich in soluble fiber, a complex carbohydrate known for its ability to keep you filled up for longer. Research has been associating dietary fiber intake with reduced risk of colorectal cancer (*1) and improved intestinal transit (*2). Additionally, a high dietary fiber intake can lower LDL (known as the 'bad cholesterol') and improve lipid profile (*3).
These are some of the reasons why bodybuilders and dieters all over the world consume oats regularly. The best thing is that you can easily add in oats to yogurts, breakfast cereals and protein shakes.