If you could pick the perfect food storage product, what would it be? One item that could contain everything you need. Would it be high in protein, but low in fat? Would it help burn excess calories and lower cholesterol, while still filling your stomach quickly and tasting great? Would it be full of vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, and build up your immune system while also strengthening your heart and lowering your blood pressure? Could it do all that, and still hold a shelf life of 10 to 15 years?

Sounds like the perfect item. Did you know that this “miracle” food actually exists? If you haven’t guessed already, we’re talking about oats, and they do a lot more than just warm your body on a cold winter’s day. Today we’re going to list 5 health benefits that come from oats and show the reasons why all of us need this product in our food storage pantry.

#5: Oats Burn Calories and Control your Appetite

Oat Groats, Regular Rolled Oats, and Steel Cut Oats

Oats are jam packed with soluble fiber. That fiber not only helps lower cholesterol and maintain blood sugar levels, but it also helps promote weight loss. Have you ever noticed how oatmeal seems to fill you up quicker than most foods? That’s because it’s actually doing that! As you begin to digest, the soluble fiber begins to thicken in your stomach and digestion system. This makes you feel fuller, longer. Those who have a large, warm bowl of Honeyville Steel Cut Oats or Honeyville Quick Rolled Oats in the morning will stay full longer and are less likely to grab an unhealthy snack later. As well, oats help burn excess calories throughout the day. And really, who doesn’t want to start out each day losing weight?

#4: Oats Stabilize Blood Sugar

Just as the soluble fiber in oats helps fight the pounds, the insoluble fiber in oats can lower your blood sugar and help control diabetes. Oats rich in insoluble fiber include Honeyville Whole Oat GroatsHoneyville Steel Cut Oats and Honeyville Regular Rolled Oats. *Researchers in Germany conducted a dietary intervention in 2008 with 14 patients who had uncontrolled type 2 diabetes and insulin resistance. The group was introduced to a diabetes-appropriate diet containing oatmeal for four weeks. The researchers found that on average, patients achieved a 40% reduction in insulin dosage and maintained the reduction even after four weeks on their own at home. All from incorporating insoluble fiber, found in oats, into their diet.

#3: Oats Help Promote Energy

Believe it or not, you need carbohydrates. They provide the body with the fuel-burning energy it needs. A warm bowl of oatmeal, though low in fat and calories, can provide the right amount of carbs needed to help sustain energy throughout the day. Whether running a marathon or just a few errands around town, a bowl of oatmeal can fuel you up for the day.

#2: Oats are full of Vitamins, Minerals, & Antioxidants

We’ve mentioned it a few times already, but when it comes to a great source for vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants, you can’t go wrong with oats. Oats also help build up your immune system and are full of fiber, iron, and low fat protein. Oats are also the exclusive holder of an antioxidant called avenanthramides, which help protect you against heart disease. Healthy and delicious? Sounds perfect to me!

#1: Oats Lower Cholesterol and fight Heart Disease

Perhaps the most known benefits that oats bring are those that deal with heart health. For those of us that have a history of heart disease in our own family, a diet rich in oats can add years to our lives. The soluble fiber in oats, known as beta-glucan, works to absorb and sweep out cholesterol from our digestive track before it can be absorbed into the blood stream. A morning bowl of Honeyville Quick Rolled Oats each day can reduce your cholesterol levels as well as help control blood pressure. In short, oats are your heart’s best friend!

It’s benefits like these and so many others that make oats such a great addition to any food storage pantry. Not to mention, they are so, so good!

*Reference: Experimental and Clinical Endocrinology & Diabetes, February 2008; 116(2):132-4