For those of you reading, you may be asking yourself “Do oats have iron in them?” Well, here at Oatwell, we are going to answer that very question for you. With this in mind, the following article will discuss:
- Do oats have iron in them?
- What additional nutrients do oats have?
Do Oats Have Iron in Them?
To answer this question, yes, they most certainly do. Oats can be a great source of iron and other highly desirable nutrients such as dietary fibre, protein, vitamins and minerals. If your diet regularly includes a high intake of foods like oats, you are less likely to develop many chronic medical conditions and experience a significant reduction in your cholesterol levels. For more information, why not read our page where we discuss the ‘goodness of oats’.
What Additional Nutrients do Oats Have?
Fibre comes in two forms: insoluble and soluble fibre. Insoluble fibre can help regulate bowel movements and prevent digestive system problems while soluble fibre decreases the risk of diabetes and high blood cholesterol.
It's not uncommon knowledge that oats contain a healthy amount of fibre. A single cup (81 grams) of oats contains 7.5 grams of fibre. This is 25% of the recommended dietary intake (RDI) of dietary fibre for an adult in the UK which stands at 30g according to the BDA. Oats are also a far better source of insoluble fibre than foods like raisins, watermelon, white bread, sesame seeds and nuts.
1 portion of our Oatwell original oat bran powder sprinkled over your breakfast can yield an extra 2.5g of protein to your meal. Ideally used during breakfast time, if you combine oats with protein rich breakfast foods like yoghurts or apricots, then you are sure to hit your RDI of protein for the day.
Oats are rich in many vitamins, particularly vitamin B1 and folate. Vitamin B1 is essential for energy metabolism, nervous system health and the synthesis of adenosine triphosphate (ATP), while folate is responsible for red blood cell formation, healthy cell growth and cell function.
50 grams of oats is documented to satisfy 15% of an adult's RDI for folate and 50% of the RDI for Vitamin B1.
Oats contain a significant amount of minerals such as iron as well as zinc.
Iron is vital for the functioning of red blood cells and ATP synthesis. A diet lacking sufficient iron may increase the risk of anaemia and developmental delays as the body can't produce enough iron in the red blood cells which is needed to carry haemoglobin from the lungs to all parts of the body.
Additionally, zinc plays a crucial role in the immune, reproductive and endocrine system. It is said to have links to prevent cancer, heart disease, macular degeneration and neurological problems.
Ultimately, consuming oats in a well balanced diet can help prevent many health risks. If you are interested in purchasing any of our oat-based products, why not give us a call on 01455 556281 or alternatively, fill out our contact form where our friendly and highly knowledgeable team will get back to you.