Avena Sativa Review

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Avena Sativa is another name for common oats. While most people think oats are grown primarily for human food, they are most often used to feed wild stock like horses and chickens. The same oats used for these animals can be processed and packaged as rolled oats and oatmeal.

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Avena sativa is often considered one of the healthiest foods a dieter can consume. The outer casing of the oat is called oat bran and may reduce bad cholesterol levels in the blood. Lowering bad cholesterol could lead to a reduced risk of heart related disease.

Oats also have a large amount of fiber. Fiber, in various forms, is often included in weight loss supplements as an appetite suppressant. When fiber is consumed before a meal, it enters the digestive system first. Fiber takes much longer to digest than other foods and thus slows digestion and stomach emptying, allowing the dieter to fell full for a longer period of time between meals. The Food and Drug Administration allows foods with more than 0.75 grams of fiber (soluble) per serving to mark the food as potential heart healthy.

Avena sativa is also a fantastic source of protein which is near equal to soy protein. Soy protein is recognized as being equivalent to meat-based proteins. Protein has been proven to suppress the need for snacks between meals. This means oats offer the dieter a one-two punch in terms of appetite suppression. First, the fiber takes longer to digest and second the protein reduces hunger between meals.

While avena sativa will not increase fat burn in the body, it may allow the dieter to eat less food and feel less hungry in the process. Most dieters fall off healthy eating plans within a few days because of sheer hunger. Oats can be consumed raw or cooked for any meal of the day or as a snack. Oats are very inexpensive.

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  • Oats are priced affordably.
  • Avena sativa has high fiber content.
  • Fiber helps keep dieters feeling full.
  • Oats are a good source of protein.


  • Oats will not increase metabolism.


Dieters who do not suffer from Coeliac Disease (gluten allergy) can take advantage of the fiber and protein in avena sativa to reduce hunger. While oats are commonly consumed during breakfast, there are recipes for lunch, dinner and snacks that include the healthy grain. Due to the high fiber content, dieters may find it helpful to eat a small serving of oats about 30 minutes before the main meal. This could slow the digestive process enough to allow the dieter to eat less yet feel full. Oats do not require cooking so they are even healthy for people on a raw food diet.

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    candie brown

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