Oatwell crispy hearts is one of our Oatwell products that have many remarkable benefits, particularly in relation to an individual's heart health. Heart health is one of the world’s most pressing concerns in today's modern well being standards. According to the World Health Organization, cardiovascular disease (CVD) is the number one cause of death globally among both men and women. If left unchecked, the potential social and economic burden for healthcare systems, not just in the UK but across the globe, is significant.
With this in mind, this article is going to discuss why you should incorporate Oatwell crispy hearts in your diet, as well as the top combinations of foods to pair with them so that you can greatly reduce your chances of developing cardiovascular disease in the future.
Why You Should Include Oatwell Crispy Hearts in Your Diet:
First and foremost, some of you reading this article may be asking yourself “Does Oatwell work?” Well, we are here to proudly tell you that yes, of course it does. It has been well documented that oats, which are a key ingredient in all Oatwell products, contain ‘Oat beta-glucan’. Oat beta-glucan is a soluble form of dietary fibre that produces a cholesterol lowering effect due to its high viscosity. It is also said to improve blood sugar management.
Once consumed, It dissolves inside the digestive tract where it forms a thick gel in the small intestine thus creating a ‘net’ looking structure. This net helps trap bile acids and prevents them from being absorbed into the body's bloodstream. The production of new bile acids from body cholesterol is promoted and the uptake of cholesterol into the bloodstream is reduced. The bad cholesterol 'LDL' is caught without affecting the good cholesterol (HDL).
The formation of the gel also makes the contents of the stomach and small intestine more viscous. This slows down digestion and thus the uptake of carbohydrates into the bloodstream takes longer, preventing the sudden fluctuation in the blood sugar.
Oat beta-glucan therefore also slows down the rise in blood sugar levels after a meal and delays the lowering of the blood sugar level to the pre-meal level.
Oat beta-glucan, also being a soluble fibre, can increase the viscosity of the gut and increase the movement in the bowels. This can promote the healthy functioning of the gut.
Top Food Combination For Oatwell Crispy Hearts
First of all, one 30g sachet contains the full daily amount of oat beta-glucan (3g) needed for your body to improve blood sugar management. By incorporating this into your diet, it is sure to have many positive health benefits going forward. This is further supported by the evidence discussed in the Scientific Reports 2019 whereby having just 3g of oat beta-glucan can achieve a reduction in LDL cholesterol of up to 10% and reduce the risk of cardiovascular ideas by as much as 20%.
With this in mind, this section is going to discuss the top food combinations that work in perfect harmony when eating Oatwell products.
Yoghurt, or more specifically greek yoghurt, can add a low fat or fat-free tangy flavour to help enhance the taste of your meal. Yoghurt adds protein and calcium to the already plenty of nutrients that are supplied in oatmeal so by consuming this at the start of your day, you are fueling your body with the very best to functioning properly. Just start with a spoonful of yoghurt then mix in more to suit your exact taste. Why not also top it up with nuts and seeds for a more nutritious and tasty breakfast idea.
Any of the following fruits can work in perfect harmony with Oatwell crispy hearts:
- Bananas/sliced bananas, pineapples, strawberries, blueberries, cranberries, raspberries, blackberries, cherries, mangos, melons, apples, peaches and passion fruit.
These are all tasty and healthy fruits you can mix with oatmeal for added sweetness and health benefits. More specifically, most fruits are rich in vitamin C and fibre. Vitamin C contributes to the normal function of the immune system, reduces tiredness and fatigue and contributes to normal collagen formation for the normal function of skin. For example, one cup of raspberries provides a whopping 8 grams of fibre and 54% of the recommended RDI for vitamin C in which your body will no doubt appreciate.
While not every person is likely to enjoy the taste of all fruits out there in today's market, there are bound to be some options which individuals can add to their oatmeal which will only enhance the states and improve their bodies functioning.
Nuts and Seeds
Any of the following nuts and seeds are ideal to consume with Oatwell crispy hearts:
- Almonds, walnuts, brazil nuts, sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds and pistachios can add to the already flavoursome taste of oatmeal and a bit of crunch to your food.
Nuts and seeds add protein, fibre and healthy oils which only enhances the benefits of consuming them for your body. You can also get very creative with nuts/seeds by adding chocolate and other sweeteners to really stimulate your taste buds.
The final combination we suggest to add with your bowl of oats is eggs. Not only does a large egg contain six grams of high-quality protein, eggs are one of the few foods rich in choline, a nutrient linked to brain health. This, paired with oats, will provide your body with absolute wonders in terms of its nutrition to help you function throughout the day.
While we have listed the benefits of oats, it is important to understand that in order to reduce the chance for CVD, a healthy balanced diet and active lifestyle is the first step to take in order to improve your cardiovascular levels. When combined with effective weight management, the risk of cardiac events and scares can be significantly reduced.