12 great uses and benefits of oats

Your grandma and mum ate oats because they are inexpensive and grow anywhere, however now we eat them for their taste

Your grandma and mum ate oats because they are inexpensive and grow anywhere, however now we eat them for their taste and convenience. But did you know there are plenty of benefits and other uses for this humble food?

This quick and healthy breakfast food staple is actually a whole grain powerhouse that packs plenty of nutritional value for our health. Whether it’s plain rolled oats or steel-cut oats, adding them to your diet will make you feel great!

It’s considered a powerfood for these reasons:

1. Low in calories

A cup of oats is only 130 calories. And because it stays in your stomach longer, it makes you feel full during the day, in turn helping you to lose weight and suppress your appetite.

2. Provides high levels of fibre, low levels of fat, and high levels of protein

It’s on the short list for the highest protein levels of any grain! You don’t have to look far for a simple constipation remedy – simply eat some oats with milk or water and you’ll be feeling great soon.

3. Reduces risk of diabetes (type 2)

The high fibre and complex carbohydrates in oats slow down the conversion of this whole food to simple sugars. The high levels of magnesium nourish the body’s proper use of glucose and insulin secretion.

4. It’s gluten-friendly

For those who have gluten intolerance or sensitivity, oats are a great option. Despite being a grain, oats lack many of the prolamines (proteins) found in wheat but oats do contain avenin. Avenin is a prolamine that is considered toxic to the intestinal mucosa of avenin-sensitive individuals, so check with your doctor. Oats can also contain gluten from nearby wheat field contamination and processing facilities. Many studies have shown that many celiacs can consume wheat free oats with no problems.

5. Boosts energy

Oat is a carbohydrate and protein-rich source that provides calories and energy. Foods like oats tend to cause a slow rise in glycemic levels, which is ideal for increasing fat-burning during exercise.

6. Reduces colon cancer

A high-fibre diet can be beneficial when it comes to reducing the risk of colorectal cancer, as the soluble fibre and insoluble fibre can help speed up the passage of food and waste. A 2011 study published in the BMJ found total fibre intake, as well as fibre from whole grains and from cereals, was strongly associated with a reduction in colon cancer.

7. Fights dryness

Oats are effective in preventing dull, flaky dryness as they contain polysaccharides, which become thick and gloopy in water. To get rid of dry skin you can make a facial mask by mixing a mashed banana with a cup of ground oats and adding some lukewarm milk. Stir it properly to make it smooth and apply it on your face. Leave for 15 mins then rinse.

8. Moisturises skin

Oats act as a natural moisturiser by removing the dead skin cells. The oats create a fine film on your skin as well as penetrating deep into the skin to provide moisture.

9. Relieves itchiness

Oats have anti-inflammatory properties and are suitable for all skin types – in fact they are clinically effective in healing dry and itchy skin.

10. Treats dandruff

Oats can be combined with milk, honey or oil and applied on your hair before shampooing to get rid of dandruff.

11. Combats hair loss

Oats contain high amounts of zinc, iron, magnesium and potassium, which are all crucial to promoting hair growth. Simply add more to your diet.

12. Calms arthritis symptoms

Warm oats can help ease arthritis pain. Try mixing two cups of oats with a cup of hot water.Let it cool to a comfortable skin temperature, then apply to hands to ease arthritic pain.

What other uses for oats do you know of?


  1. Love my porridge oats! Add cranberries to them and leave out sugar…yum!

  2. Oats are definitely NOT recommended for people suffering from Coeliac Disease. This misinformation could cause severe suffering for some.

    • The article actually said some coeliacs can tolerate and to check with doctor. I do think though that the only way would be for them to eat oats then after a time be retested. This would be playing with fire in my opinion.

  3. Dry itchy skin for any reason. If you have a bath, while you are filling it, grab an old stocking, cut it off at the ankle, put a good handful of rolled oats in it, tie and throw it in your bath. It will go milky as the bath fills. When ready, jump into your milky bath and relax. You will feel the irritation go. When you get out, pat dry. Great relief. No bath, fill up a large bowl or bucket with water and the oatmeal filled stocking and sponge it over skin. Pat dry. It does work, it’s cheap and is nontoxic.

  4. Love the oats but i always add oat bran to oats makes it more creamy.plus raisins no sugar added for tasty breakfast

  5. Jean Fernihough  

    Make lovely Anzac biscuits

  6. I have oats every day they keep me healthy regular and I love them with fresh fruit and on fat yoghurt

    • Interesting comment Sandra. I am really interested to know what evidence you can point me to that proves grains are not good for you?

    • Everyone is certainly entitled to their opinion and I respect that but I do get very tired of being told from various sources – some soundly based and others not so, what I should and shouldn’t be eating. I also find it interesting that, in the midst of all of the debate, it is a fact that, apart from our indigenous population, we are living significantly longer and our lingerie is healthier.

    • Foureyes  

      Sandra, you are so right! This article is once again promoting the outdated, disproven calorie counting. low fat diet that’s been shown to be responsible for the enormous increase in chronic illnesses such as T2 diabetes, obesity and so on over the last 20-30 years. Grains ARE bad for you – the only creatures that thrive on grains are birds! Do the research, -people, and don’t keep relying on the misinformation put out by big pharma, the processed food industry and a lazy medical establishment.

    • Me again cursing my prescriptive text. Bet some of you got a giggle out of my reply where it said and our lingerie is healthier. It was meant to be longevity is healthier.

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