How This Helps

Useful For: Diabetes, CVD

Oats have been recognized as one of the healthiest foods for a long time now. β-glucan in oats is a type of soluble fiber that plays a key role by slowing carbohydrate absorption and thus maintaining healthy glycemic control and enhancing insulin sensitivity in diabetics. In addition to this, the various viscose fibers present in oats have shown to reduce elevated serum cholesterol levels. This cholesterol-lowering action helps in preventing building up of cholesterol plaque in the arteries and hence reducing the risk of atheroscelosis, stroke and cardiovascular diseases.

Calories – 78 kcal
Protein – 3g
Carbohydrates – 13g
Fat – 1g 
Total Dietary Fiber – 2 g


Key Ingredients: 

Idli is one of the healthiest traditional South-Indian breakfast dishes that are tasty yet nourishing. This dish is made by substituting the authentic recipe by oats and semolina making it richer in fiber. Check out the link for the delicious step-wise guide in making the recipe.

Science and Research

A study published in Diabetic Medicine showed that when oats containing β-glucan was incorporated in a meal, the post-meal glucose levels had lowered in subjects with or without diabetes. A review published in the Oxford University Press Journals investigated the results from various studies. It concluded that daily consumption of at least 3 g of oat β-glucan may reduce total and bad cholesterol by 5-10% in subjects with high cholesterol levels.

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