Bulgur, buckwheat, barley, couscous, oats, manna, corn, quinoa and amaranth. These are the most famous and popular types of groats. Each type of groats differs in taste, preparation method, nutrient content and health properties. However, they all have several things in common, which should convince everyone to eat groats frequently.
The healthiest choice would, of course, be to eat groats every day. With so many types of groats, it is unlikely to get bored and the intestines, brain, heart or the whole body could be quite well repaired or strengthened. Today I will present to you the common features for which groats are the undisputed queens among the foods.
Features of groats
They provide valuable vitamins and minerals – all groats are almost mines of essential nutrients. Each of them is a rich source of mineral compounds, i.e. calcium, zinc, magnesium, iron, manganese, phosphorus or potassium. It is the condition of our bones, teeth, hair, skin, nails, muscle work, nerve conduction, blood quality, correct metabolism or susceptibility to stress that depends on mineral compounds. Moreover, groats also contain a lot of B vitamins, folic acid and vitamin E.
They contain a lot of fibre – each groat is a very rich source of fibre, which is essential to maintain health. Fibre primarily supports the entire digestive system, improves digestion, regulates the emptying cycle, improves intestinal function, prevents flatulence, cleanses the body of undigested food residues that remain in the intestines, and reduces the risk of contracting intestinal cancer. Additionally, fibre reduces the desire to eat, as it fills the stomach and provides a feeling of satiety for a long time. Consumption of food rich in fibre significantly supports and accelerates weight loss.
They provide long-lasting energy – groats contain a large amount of starch, which supplies the body with energy. Starch belongs to healthy complex carbohydrates, which are needed by our body. Starch is broken down in the body first into starch sugar, i.e. maltodextrin, and then into simple sugar, glucose. Starch not consumed in excess does not damage the figure or increase the risk of diabetes. Therefore, when eating groats, it is important to reduce the intake of other carbohydrates during the day, especially simple sugars. The sources of the latter are of course sweets, refined white and brown sugar and white bread. The consumption of groats provides the body with long-lasting energy and increases its energy efficiency.
They fit all the dishes – a lot of people avoid groats because they think there are few dishes to which they can be added. The truth is that there is no food to which one of the groats does not fit. There are so many different types of groats that they can be matched to pork, chicken or even fish. There are even those who can’t imagine eating a fish without buckwheat groats. It is enough to prepare a dish with groats once to find out that potatoes or rice do not wash away.
They protect against many diseases – groats, due to their unique and rich nutrient composition, help to keep the body in very good health. They support immunity, speed up metabolism, add energy, help maintain a slim figure and beautiful skin and prevent many diseases. Eating groats up to 3 times a week definitely helps to reduce the risk of overweight, obesity, anaemia, malignant anaemia, low resistance to infections and stress, atherosclerosis and skin diseases (psoriasis, acne).
Who in particular should increase the consumption of groats?
I recommend frequent eating fo them to all those who want to maintain great health, beautiful and young appearance and protect the body from the above-mentioned diseases. However, I encourage most people who suffer from overweight, obesity, allergies, anaemia, hypertension, cancer, atherosclerosis, heart disease, diabetes, intestinal diseases and disorders or have too high a level of LDL cholesterol in their blood to do so. Increased porridge intake is also recommended for people prone to depressive moods, exposed to constant stress and for children, the elderly and those undergoing convalescence.