According to the 2018 Food & Health Survey from the International Food Information Council Foundation (IFIC), consumers are seeking health benefits from foods and want to understand the connection between food and functional benefits. As they look for simple options to help them on their health and wellness journeys, Quaker is helping people get real about nutrition, starting with whole grain oats. To put this into action, Quaker joined forces with Rosario Dawson to encourage people to start taking their nutrition into their own hands. As a fan of Quaker Oats from a young age, Rosario – like Quaker – doesn’t want life’s circumstances to be a barrier to good nutrition. And with her curiosity and passion for health, Rosario meets with registered dietitian, Dawn Jackson Blatner, to learn more about important topics like heart health, digestive health and energy. Watch what happens when Rosario gets real with real people about their nutrition, and how everyone can get started with Quaker.
Their simplicity and versatility mean they can serve as the base for a wide variety of delicious and nutritious dishes. What’s more, the extraordinary benefits of 100% whole grain rolled oats can help support a healthy lifestyle – from heart health to digestive health while providing good energy, the simple oat is a nutritional powerhouse.
A strong and growing body of evidence suggests that eating oats as part of a heart-healthy diet may reduce the risk of heart disease, and Quaker helped to establish the first FDA heart health claim for oat fiber more than 20 years ago. The soluble fiber in oats, beta-glucan, may help to lower cholesterol, which may help reduce the risk for heart disease. Making small changes to increase the amount of soluble fiber in your diet can help promote heart health, like having a bowl of Quaker Old Fashioned Oatmeal, which provides 2 grams of soluble fiber. Baked Banana Oat Cups are a heart-healthy option from registered dietitian, Ellie Krieger.
Maintaining digestive health is important to help keep us feeling our best. One way is by consuming foods that provide fiber, which helps to keep things moving through the digestive tract. Experts recommend eating at least 25 to 30 grams of fiber each day from a variety of grains, fruits and vegetables (2015-2020 Dietary Guidelines for Americans), and a ½ cup serving of rolled oats provides 4 grams of fiber. For a unique spin on oats, try Dawn Jackson Blatner’s Meal-In-a-Glass Oatmeal Smoothie recipe for a good source of fiber.
Schedules are busier than ever, which makes finding nutritious options that provide energy to help keep you going important. The soluble fiber in oatmeal may help to slow digestion, which slows the release of glucose into the blood stream. This is beneficial because the more slowly food is absorbed, the longer it can provide energy. For lasting energy, try this Ginger Turmeric Oatmeal with Fresh Cherries and Cashews recipe from OatMeals founder, Sam Stephens.
Oats are highly versatile, offering countless possibilities for more nutrition without sacrificing taste. For more information, and to download Quaker’s recently redesigned RD toolkit, visit QuakerOats.com