Oats are a whole grain food, known scientifically as Avena sativa.

Oats are incredibly nutritious

Whole oats are rich in antioxidants, including avenanthramides

Avenanthramides may help lower blood pressure levels by increasing the production of nitric oxide.

Oats contain a powerful soluble fiber called beta-glucan

Beta-glucan increased growth of good bacteria in the digestive tract

They can lower cholesterol levels and protect LDL cholesterol from damage

Oats can improve blood sugar control

Oatmeal is very filling and may help you lose weight

Finely ground oats may help with skin care

They may decrease the risk of childhood asthma

Oats may help relieve constipation