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Oat Flakes Nutrition

Oat flakes, described by Grain Millers Inc. as oat grains that have been kiln-dried, steamed and flattened, are nutritious, versatile components not only of cereals but also of whole grain breads, muffins and other baked goods 1. Often marketed as old fashioned oats, oat flakes contribute important protein, vitamins and other nutrients that support good health.

Basics of Oat Nutrition

Oats' slow-release carbohydrates stabilize blood glucose levels, and its soluble fiber helps decrease low-density lipoprotein, or LDL cholesterol, in your blood.

Protein

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Oat cereal is the only source of avenalins, specialized legume-like proteins or globulins. Globulins are characterized by their water solubility and account for oat cereal's major role in gastrointestinal water absorption and digestive health.

Fiber

Oat flakes contain oat bran, the source of oat fiber, a revelatory substance that has gained prominence as a cholesterol fighter. This soluble fiber is called beta-glucan, and the USDA states that only 3 g daily can help lower LDL cholesterol and combat heart disease. Saponins are oat fiber extracts that behave like soap -- "sapon" is the root for "soap" -- and act as emulsifiers on these same harmful LDLs, according to the medical definition on Your Dictionary 4.

Fats

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Oats have more fat than most grains, second only to corn. Saturated fat, like trans fat, hastens arterial plaque deposits and other markers of heart disease such as arteriosclerosis, according to the American Heart Association.

Vitamins and Minerals

Per USDA's chart, 1 cup of oat flakes' mineral content includes 7.36 mg iron, 7.669 mg manganese, and 6.19 mg zinc. Its vitamin content includes 2.104 mg pantothenic acid, 1.499 mg niacin, 1.190 mg thiamin and 0.186 mg vitamin B-6. These nutrients, housed in the oat kernel's fiber and germ, plus the health-supporting compounds described above, contribute to oat flakes' stature among the most nutritious of all cereals.

  • Per USDA's chart, 1 cup of oat flakes' mineral content includes 7.36 mg iron, 7.669 mg manganese, and 6.19 mg zinc.
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