What is Oat Bran?
When oats are brought in for processing the hard husks are removed, this leaves the ‘groat’ exposed. The Bran is found in the outer layer of the groat. Oat Bran is an excellent source of low GI complex carbohydrates, protein, dietary fibre and unsaturated fatty acids, although it is perhaps most well known for it’s Beta Glucans.
So, what are Beta Glucans?
Beta Glucans are a form of soluble fibre found in porridge oats, Oat Bran, barley, barley bran and other cereals. They have been found to reduce levels of low density lipoproteins (LDL) when consumed at levels of 3g or more per day and as part of a balanced diet. High LDL levels are a major risk factor for heart disease, so keeping them in check is really important. GoNutrition ™ Oat Bran contains 5.75g Beta Glucans per 100g, so a serving of 55g will easily see you over your daily target.
Sounds good, can Beta Glucans do anything else?
In addition to lowering LDL levels, Beta Glucans have been found to limit the rise in blood sugar after a meal. This may seem of secondary importance, but avoiding spikes in blood sugar and insulin is another way of helping to preserve optimal heart health. This would also be of significant importance to individuals at risk of developing insulin resistance and Type 2 Diabetes.
Who is Oat Bran suitable for?
Oat Bran is suitable for anyone looking to add high quality, low GI carbohydrates to their diet. Packed with energy, Oat Bran will provide a sustained release of energy, to keep you fuelled throughout the day. It is also a vegan suitable source of protein which can aid lean muscle development and repair. Oat Bran is also of particular interest to anyone following the Dukan Diet as it provides a vital source of dietary fibre. This bran provides over 18g per 100g, making it perfect for anyone interested in this diet.
How should I use Oat Bran?
The most straightforward way of using Oat Bran is adding 1-2 tablespoons to your porridge and mixing it up as usual. Alternatively, it can be used in home baking to add nutritional value to your bread, muffins and cakes, it can even be used instead of breadcrumbs to make coatings for homemade chicken and fish goujons.
What goes well with Oat Bran?
Add Oat Bran to some regular porridge oats to make a high fibre breakfast. Alternatively, why not try baking some Oat Bran into your own muffins with some Freeze Dried Banana Powder and some Chia Seeds.