My uncle used to kill pigs for the village when he was a young man.
He told me once how he could tell the difference between the pigs that ate oats and the pigs who didn’t.
The ones who ate oats were healthier in the inside, their intestinal tract and bowels were more lubricated and cleaner.
Of course he didn’t say it in those words, he used his limited English to explain it in much less clinical terms, but I got the drift.
And while we aren’t pigs, my uncle’s story about oats and pig’s guts had more impact on me than any medical or media advice.
And from then on I have made an effort to eat oats.
Oats aren’t really the sort of thing we eat in our diets today…and why should we, when we can eat food that has been processed out of resembling anything like real ingredients?
But we can incorporate oats into our diets. Breakfast is a good one; porridge and muesli or those super delicious oat and buttermilk pancakes I posted earlier this year.
Or into our baking, oat and date slice ( I will post that recipe later this year) muesli slice, add oats to your apple crumble, or put oats in your muffins.
There are plenty of other reasons to eat more oats too.
They reduce cholesterol by releasing certain antioxidants that break down the blood cholesterol, they prevent diabetes by slowing the rise of blood glucose and insulin levels, they can reduce cancer risk with their high levels of phytochemicals that are considered great in reducing hormone related cancers and thought to lower carcinogens in the digestive tract.
Oats can reduce hypertension and blood pressure, they can help you lose weight due to their capacity to swell in the gut and help you feel fuller for longer and they also are proven to improve athletic performance.
And finally, it seems my uncle was right about oats and the bowel. He knew this about oats not from reading it online, but from seeing it with his owns eyes as he prepared the pigs for eating.
Just to be polite I will quote from a website I have resourced; ‘Oats are high in both soluble and insoluble fiber. Insoluble fiber does not dissolve in water. It is spongy and absorbs many times its own weight of liquid. It makes stools heavier and speeds their passage through the gut, relieving constipation.’ (EatMoreOats.com)