When it comes to sports nutrition, for many years carbohydrates were seen as the enemy to achieving a lean, toned and muscular physique. In recent years this myth has been dispelled, as carbohydrates are in fact a very important, and vital macronutrient for achieving your training goals.
However, there are some carbohydrates that can be considered better than others and one of the best carbohydrates you can be using to fuel your body are oats. In this article we’ll be looking at why oats are considered a healthy choice to include in your diet.
Why Are Oats Considered Healthy?
Oats are an extremely healthy source of carbohydrates as they contain beta-glucans, which are a form of highly soluble fibre, which acts to slow down the absorption of carbohydrates into the bloodstream.
It is this slower digestion which sets them apart from a number of other carbohydrate sources. A slower digestion process prevents spikes in blood sugar and insulin levels. Fast absorbing carbohydrates can provide the body with a quick source of energy, but this is then followed by a ‘crash’, which can leave you feeling tired and lethargic. Oats will provide your body with a slow releasing source of energy over an extended period of time, helping to fuel your body.
Oats are also high in magnesium, which is a macro-mineral, meaning your body needs it in large amounts. This mineral is essential for a number of bodily functions including energy production.
If you want to train effectively then you need a good source of energy, and oats are certainly a great food source to get this energy!
The Benefits of Ultra Fine Oats
One of the best ways to consume oats on a daily basis is by using our Ultra Fine Scottish Oats.
Sure, you get the same benefits from standard rolled oats, however Ultra Fine Oats offer you convenience.
How long does it take you to prepare your rolled oats? Maybe 2-4 minutes in the microwave, followed by another 2-3 minutes waiting for them to cool down enough for you to eat them.
How long does it take you to consume instant oats? About 30 seconds. Just add 1 scoop of instant oats to a shaker with 200ml of water or milk, shake it and you’re ready to go. It’s as easy as that.
Adding 1 scoop of instant oats and 1 scoop of whey protein powder in a shaker can provide you with a nutritious and great tasting breakfast, which is high in protein, carbs and fibre. Take into consideration how quick it is to prepare and you could save precious time in the morning, as well as fuelling yourself for the day ahead. Breakfast really is the most important meal of the day, so make sure you’re starting your day right.
Ultra Fine Oats Nutrition
If you’re serious about your nutrition then it’s important to know exactly what you’re putting in your body. So, let’s breakdown what 100g of Ultra Fine Oats contains nutrition wise:
- 61.1g of low GI carbohydrates
- Only 8.1g of fat
- 11g of protein
- 8.5g of fibre
If you’re counting your macros and adding oats to a shake remember to take into account whether you’re using water or milk, and if you’re adding any other ingredients such as whey protein powder.
Take Home Message
Instant oats are a great, healthy source of carbohydrates. They are more convenient than rolled oats and can be consumed quickly, on the go, in a shake with milk or water. Make sure you’re fuelling your body with the right carbohydrate sources and providing your body with the energy required to achieve your training goals. What’s more? Those of you who follow a Gluten Free diet don’t have to miss out. We now stock Gluten Free Ultra Fine Scottish Oats too.
About the Author
Alex Genzel is passionate about health and fitness having been involved in a number of competitive sports from an early age. He has been writing about sports nutrition and training for a number of years, alongside pursuing his passion for bodybuilding and desire to become a certified personal trainer. As well as writing for BULK POWDERS® Alex also has his own blog where he shares his training experiences and advice on supplements.