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Nutritional value of cereals

The cereals constitute the greatest range of cultivated plants and the treasure for a balanced diet for humans. Annual plants (like wheat, barley, rye and oats which are the prevailing ones) are sown and harvested within a year.

Benefits to the human system.
The cereals are rich in nutrients such as vitamins and metals. They contain B-complex vitamins, folic acid, metals like magnesium, iron, phosphorus and zinc together with various antioxidants such as E-vitamin, selenium and copper. The cereals are rich in fibers which benefit the digestive system and the intestinal function, supplying them with anti-cancer function.

Additionally, the diet which consists of cereal meals assists in keeping a normal body weight. This is due to the low glycemic index (Low GI) carbohydrates which help to increase repletion and fullness, in combination with low fats and the small quantity of glucose released in blood.

Oats

Oatmeal possesses high nutritional value due to great zinc, manganese and B-complex vitamins content. Some of the major advantages in oatmeal consumption which will convince you to include it in your diet are:
- It reduces cholesterol
- It reduces high blood sugar
-It improves digestion
- It reduces the risk of cancer
- It reduces the risk of osteoporosis
- It reduces stress
- It is a good energy source
- It helps in controlling body weight

Ways of consumption

You can add cereals in your diet, alternating the ways of consumption and making them more intriguing. Thus, you can consume them in every meal –not only in breakfast- or as a cereal snack. You can combine them with milk, yoghurt or plain.

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