How Eating More Oats Can Improve Your Gut Health (With 4 Delicious New Oats Recipes That AREN’T Oatmeal)

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Adding More Oats To Your Diet Can Boost Your Gut Health

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Of all the foods throughout human history, few have been around as long as oats and grains. One look at a table laid out for breakfast highlights just how much we rely on these foods.

And of all the grains humans consume, there is one that has been around longer than just about any other.

That grain is the oat.

It gets a bad rap as “just oatmeal”… but you can do so much with it. And, best of all, it may help improve your gut health while tasting absolutely delicious!

How Do Oats Affect Your Gut Health?

Oats affect your gut health in a lot of ways. From your regularity to your blood sugar to the balance of gut bacteria… they have far-reaching benefits.

All of these benefits are rooted in one thing: fiber.

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Fiber is incredibly important for gut health. While pretty much all fiber found in food is good fiber, some forms are better than others.

Oats offer a particularly beneficial form of fiber known as B-Glucan.

B-Glucan is a highly soluble form of fiber. This means that your body can absorb it easily. And the more easily your body can absorb the fiber, the faster it puts it to use. 

This easily digested fiber is the biggest benefit oats offer for your gut health… even if it might not seem like much at first glance.

After all, you can get fiber supplements at just about any grocery store.

But getting fiber from whole foods opens up your options when you go out to eat or you run low on supplements. And when the food is something as versatile as oats… you can prepare it in so many ways that you can sneak fiber into just about every meal.

How Oats Benefit Your Gut Health

Fiber helps our gut in some very specific ways. Each benefit builds on the others… for a far-reaching and long-term improvement that will quickly make oats one of your favorite foods.

1) Improve Your Digestion

The most obvious and common benefit to fiber is that it improves your digestion. If you’re a little backed up or irregular in your bowel movements… fiber helps bind things together so everything moves along the way it should.

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This might not sound like a big deal. After all, everyone gets constipated every now and then

But it turns out that going regularly is a good way to prevent problems in your colon

2) Reduce Your Appetite

Oats—thanks to the fiber they contain—are one of the foods that will help you feel full much sooner. On top of that, they help you keep that feeling of satiety so you go longer between cravings.

This benefit is also two-fold all on its own. Because you feel fuller sooner and longer, you eat less food.

And on top of that, the fiber helps you better use the fluids you drink… so you’re less bloated. It’s a win-win helping hand for your gut health and your overall well-being!

3) Help Regulate Blood Sugar

At first glance, regulating your blood sugar is not something that matters to your gut health. It’s incredibly important to your health in general, of course.

But what about your gut health?

Well, as it turns out… your blood sugar and your gut bacteria are pretty closely linked. The strongest link currently runs from your gut bacteria to your blood sugar… meaning that good gut bacteria help support healthy blood sugar levels.

But when you work to balance your blood sugar levels in other ways, you help your gut bacteria do a better job. Not because you’re making their workload lighter, though. 

A healthy blood sugar balance reduces your cravings for sugar and other foods that aren’t good for your gut health. Your body craves sugar—usually—because it is an easy source of energy when your blood sugar levels are out of whack.

Fiber helps keep those levels balanced so you crave sugar less often. This encourages better gut bacteria to grow… which further balances your blood sugar levels.

It creates the kind of feedback loop that you want to be caught in!

New, Delicious Ways To Add Oats To Your Diet

At this point, you have all the reasons you should add more oats to your diet. And of course, the first thing that comes to mind is oatmeal.

But if you’re like me, that’s not something you’re eager to see on your plate.

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Thankfully, oats are incredibly versatile. You can add them to just about anything… from minced meat to baked goods to smoothies.

Then you get all the benefits from the fiber without sacrificing taste!

My personal favorite oat-heavy recipe is just about any breakfast smoothie. I usually add plain Greek yogurt, strawberries, protein powder, and soy milk to my oats, then blend.

The oats make it very thick, so I don’t let it chill or sit too long. But it keeps me full for hours and packs a ton of protein on top of all that fiber!

Oats are also great to add to meatloaf. They add a great texture and help the meat retain its moisture.

In the right ratio, they also add a faint nutty flavor that goes so well with the meat and onions. All of that, on top of the fiber content, makes it a mouth-watering dinner.

You can also add them to pancakes, use them to make delicious cookies, or make any one of these other amazing recipes.

The Bottom Line

I’ll be the first to admit that oatmeal isn’t my favorite breakfast food. But I will also be the first to admit that I love oats.

They are one of my go-to ingredients, and they should be one of yours, too.

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Oats are a versatile source of highly soluble fiber. I can fit them into almost any recipe. And they are a low-cost ingredient that helps me stretch my grocery budget while supporting my gut health.

One More Easy Way To Get The Benefits Of Oats Into Your Diet (And Lose Weight, Too)

One of my favorite ways to get more oats into my diet is to put them in my smoothies!

That’s one thing I REALLY love about smoothies… you can put in so many good-for-you ingredients… without it tasting like you put a green salad (and some oatmeal) in the blender.

So, if you’re ready to harness all of the benefits of oats… including boosting your gut health… lowering your cholesterol… and suppressing your appetite… 

Simply put a handful of oats (okay, to be more specific, I usually add about half a cup) in your next smoothie.

They’ll blend right up with everything else… and don’t worry, you won’t feel like you’re eating/drinking horse feed! They’ll just add a nice, rich texture.

To help you get started, I have 3 delicious smoothie recipes… and even better, these are also designed to help your body burn more fat… and the extra vitamin C doesn’t hurt. 

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