Learn more about the health benefits

What are beta-glucans?

Beta-glucans are a form of soluble dietary fibre naturally occurring in the cell walls of cereals. And the cereals with the highest content of beta-glucans are oat and barley.

Various studies have proven the health benefits of oat beta-glucans. A daily intake of 3 g (equivalent to two portions of Happy Heart Scandinavian Fibre
Oats) will reduce and maintain a balanced level of blood cholesterol, which helps to lessen the risk for coronary heart disease. In addition, oat beta glucans contribute to the reduction of the blood glucose rise after a meal. New research also suggests that beta-glucans from cereals may have a beneficial effect on the immune system.

You can observe the beta-glucans when you cook your oat meal porridge. The beta-glucans dissolve in the water and form a jelly-like substance. In your digestive track, this substance works to reduce both the cholesterol and the blood glucose rise after a meal.

Oats have been shown to lessen the risk for coronary heart disease

Oats are rich in a special type of soluble fibre called beta-glucan. The beta-glucans work by dissolving in the digestive track to form a thick gel. And this gel then binds to excess cholesterol, preventing it from being absorbed by the body.

Various studies have confirmed the cholesterol-lowering benefits of oat beta-glucans. The health benefits have also been recognized by the health agencies in the US, Canada, and European Union.

A daily intake of oat beta-glucans of 3 g (equivalent to two portions of Happy Heart Scandinavian Fibre Oats) will reduce and maintain a balanced level of blood cholesterol, which helps to lessen the risk for coronary heart disease.

Oats help to control the blood sugar rise after a meal

When we eat food containing carbohydrates, the body breaks down the carbohydrates into glucose (sugar), which enters the blood. The glucose is the body’s main source of energy and is of course critical for the body to function normally and effectively.

It is important to note that there are different types of carbohydrates, and the ones that are more easily digested lead to a faster rise in blood sugar, which may have negative health effects. Food containing such carbohydrates are e.g. candy, french fries, white bread and pastries. Eating a lot of such food may lead to an increased risk for type 2 diabetes, heart disease and overweight. You can read more about carbohydrates and blood sugar here.

For a healthy living it is important to eat a balanced diet, containing carbohydrates that are digested more slowly. Happy Heart Scandinavian Fibre Oats are ideal as part of such a diet. It has been shown that oats as part of a meal contributes to the reduction of the blood glucose rise after that meal by slowing down the absorption of carbohydrates. You can read a more in-depth description about the scientific details here.

Oats contain antioxidants protecting your body’s cells

Oats and oatmeal have always been known as a healthy grain with many nutrients, fibre and protein. New scientific studies show it may also possess antioxidant properties along with several other health benefits.

Oats like Happy Heart Scandinavian Fibre Oats contain more than 20 unique polyphenols, so called avenanthramides. The avenanthramides typically act as antioxidants, preventing cell damage from free-radicals that occur with for example pollution, smoking and eating rancid foods.

In addition, the avenanthramides have also shown to have anti-inflammatory, anti-itch and anti-cancer properties, which may provide additional protection against coronary heart disease, colon cancer and skin irritation.

Oatmeal will make your stomach happy!

Eating oatmeal for breakfast doesn’t only help to control your cholesterol and blood sugar levels, it will also help your stomach to function properly. As a matter of fact, oats may help to lessen both diarrhea and constipation, due to the high fibre content.

There are two types of fibre in oats: soluble and insoluble. Soluble fibre becomes jelly-like when it gets wet, while insoluble fibre doesn’t absorb much water. For diarrhea the soluble fibres will help to lessen the problems, while for constipation both the soluble and the insoluble fibres will make a change.

Eating Happy Heart Scandinavian Fibre Oats with a high content of both types of fibres will not only make your heart happy but also your stomach!

Oats will help to control your weight

The Journal of the American College of Nutrition has published a study showing that oatmeal improves appetite control and increases satiety.

A group of people having oatmeal for breakfast was compared to another group having the most widely sold cereals for breakfast. Both breakfasts contained the same number of calories. The group eating oatmeal showed increased fullness and had better reduction of hunger as well as reduced desire to eat compared to the group eating breakfast cereals. Consequently, it was easier for the group eating oatmeal to lose or control their weight.

Compared to breakfast cereals Happy Heart Scandinavian Fibre Oats have more fibre and protein and less sugar. The positive effect on satiety and hunger is contributed to the content of beta-glucans in the oats. You can read more about beta-glucans and the health benefits of Happy Heart Scandinavian Fibre Oats in another article on this page.

Oatmeal can help to cure diarrhea

Everybody knows that diarrhea may cause you feeling miserable and shaky for several days. What is however not widely known, is that oats can help to reduce the symptoms.

But don't start with having a bowl of oatmeal when you have diarrhea. You should begin with consuming only liquids such as water, tea, apple juice and if possible broth. Consuming liquids helps to hydrate your system.

After a while you can start adding some mild foods like oatmeal. Happy Heart Scandinavian Fibre Oats have a profound content of soluble fibres (beta-glucans), which adds hardness to your stools by absorbing water in your gastrointestinal tract. This further returns your system to normalcy when you are diarrhea-stricken.

Oats make a good source of protein

Did you know that oat is a unique cereal due to its high protein content compared to other cereals like wheat or maize? And compared to other high-protein foods, oat meal in general has less fat, sodium and cholesterol. That is why Happy Heart Scandinavian Fibre Oats make an excellent choice for a healthy breakfast!

If you work out a lot and want to increase the protein content of your oat meal, eat it with milk or pair it with an egg or an omelette.