A steaming bowl of fresh cooked oatmeal is the perfect way to start off your day, especially if you are trying to prevent or are currently dealing with heart disease or diabetes. Oats, oat bran, and oatmeal contain a specific type of fiber known as beta-glucan. Study after study has proven the beneficial effects of this special fiber on cholesterol levels. Studies show that in individuals with high cholesterol, consuming just 3 grams of soluble oat fiber per day (an amount found in one bowl of oatmeal) typically lowers total cholesterol by 8-23%. This is highly significant since each 1% drop in serum cholesterol translates to a 2% decrease in the risk of developing heart disease. High cholesterol levels correlate with the buildup of plaques in blood vessel walls. If these plaques become damaged or simply grow too large, they can rupture, blocking a blood vessel and causing a heart attack, stroke, or blood clots elsewhere in the body. Lowering high cholesterol levels can therefore significantly reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease and stroke.
Antioxidant compounds unique to oats help prevent free radicals from damaging LDL cholesterol, thus reducing the risk of cardiovascular disease. In laboratory studies reported in Surgery, beta-glucan significantly enhanced the human immune system’s response to bacterial infection.
So, I have stated so many things about consuming Oats. But, honestly I am not a big fan of Oats. I do not like any preparation of oats which is sweet. That is why I have made some savoury Oats Pancake this time. Try this easy and tasty Oats Pancake any day at breakfast.
- Whisk all ingredients in medium bowl until blended.
- Ladle batter onto non stick hot griddle or into hot skillet sprayed with cooking spray, using ¼ cup batter for each pancake; cook until bubbles form on tops.
- Flip the pancake upside down and add a little butter on the pan. Butter will give a very good taste and nice brown colour on the top.
- Again turn the pancake and serve hot with some boiled veggies tossed in butter with salt and pepper.