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Benefits of Oats for fitness and exercise

Benefits of Oats

Oats form the base to a number of delicious products in the TREK range and also our Nakd Oaties.  With a heap of benefits, we love that the irresistible chewy consistency of oats packs some nutritional punch too! But what are the benefits of oats? What makes them so healthy?

We’re here to explore the topic and extract some answers. Read on and discover why oats are considered among the best foods you can eat.

Oats are rich in nutrients

Oats are a superb source of fibre and carbohydrates, while also containing a considerable amount of protein and fat when compared to other grains. As an added bonus, oats are packed full of essential vitamins and minerals that contribute to a healthy lifestyle.

It’s for these reasons that oats have such great nutritional value.

Why are oats good for fitness and bulking muscle?

Oats are a great form of carbohydrate which is incredibly beneficial for preparing your muscles for working out – carbs supply the body with the energy it needs. Oats are digested at a slow pace meaning those consuming them before workouts will experience a longer payoff of its energising benefits. The presence of the beta-glucan fibre is responsible for its slow energy release; this fibre additionally helps regulate blood glucose. Eating oats just before a workout has proven to enhance exercise performance in a profound way.

Oats also lock in a significant amount of iron which helps ferry oxygen to the muscles throughout the workout. The inclusion of B vitamins is also testament to its muscle-boosting benefits as it helps convert carbs into energy for the muscles to fully reap the benefits.

Oats are fantastic for controlling your weight

Oats regulate the digestion and absorption of nutrients, meaning their presence is of great benefit for those looking to lose or maintain weight. They leave you generally feeling fuller which stalls any temptation to snack or eat outside of meal times.

Oats are high in protein compared with other grains

Oats are supremely beneficial to those who keep to a fitness regime or have physically demanding work due to their high protein; 40 grams of oats will offer you around 7 grams of protein. Adding oats to your diet is a great way to easily boost your protein intake. Luckily, the neutral taste of oats grants you the freedom to add the ingredient to a variety of meals whether sweet or savoury, dinner or dessert. Oats are also the main contributor to our protein-packed TREK bars.

Discover your favourite flavour in our energy bar and flapjack ranges.

Find out more about the importance of protein in exercise here.

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