- Oats is a cereal grain and a good source of dietary fiber – both soluble and insoluble antioxidants, proteins and unsaturated fat. They are well known from ancient times.
- Oats has been regarded as a health promoting food and can help prevent a range of ailments when consumed on a regular basis.
- Oats are rich in antioxidants including vitamin E, avenanthramides (which are unique to oats), phenolic acids, flavonoids, sterols and phytic acid.
- The principal component of the soluble fiber in whole oats is known as beta-glucans. These polysaccharides have immune-enhancing activities. The biological activity and immunomodulatory effects of beta-glucan are influenced by mostly molecular weight. During processing of oat drink beta-glucans are in various molecular weights and studies shown, that different molecular weight polysaccharides are linked to bioactivity in human body. These studies demonstrate that low molecular oat beta-glucan reveals intensive anticancer activity for human dermal cancer cells.
- Oat-based products contribute vitamins to the human diet, albeit in a small concentration.