Can Cats Eat Oats? Is it Healthy for Cats? A Cat is a Carnivore, so?
In this article I am going to answer the question if cats can eat oats?
As you know the cat is a carnivore. If he/she would live in the wilderness, oats would not be on his/her preying menu, right? Still, if you have already read one or the other article on my site, then you know that there are many foods a cat would not devour if he/she would live in wilderness, but they are, de facto, healthy for a cat to consume, as cranberries for instance. If you want to gain more knowledge about what and why cranberries make a good food supplement for cats, I invite you to read the article "Can Cats Eat Cranberries" by clicking this link.
Before I want to answer the question "Ïf Cats Can Eat Oats?", I want to dig deeper into the benefits oats bring to and on the table and why they are considered healthy for humans and what kind of effect they have on humans and cats alike? Oats as such are, actually, not beneficial for all humans because one of their ingredient is gluten. Gluten has the negative effect on bloating up the digestive system or the lower oval digestive region, which causes sincere pain. However, those people who are not gluten intolerant can really benefit eating oats on a daily basis due to their richness of fiber.
Reducing the risk of Coronary artery disease
- Lowering levels of cholesterol
- and one’s risk of colorectal cancer.
- They also found out that eating food rich in whole-oat sources of soluble fiber like:
- Oat bran and Oat flour
Help reducing the risk of coronary cancer disease.
Far more in their research, which took place in Britain and the Netherlands, they found evidence (by evaluating over 2 million people,) that a daily intake of 10 grams of high-fiber diet (mainly from whole grains and cereals like oats) will reduce the risk of colorectal cancer as much as 10%, especially, with the intake of cereal fiber and whole grains. Colorectal cancer is the third most common cancer with over 1.2 million diagnosed cases worldwide.
What can cause colorectal cancer?
Probably, the over consumption of red meat in combination with excessive alcohol.
High Blood Pressure
Do you suffer from high blood pressure? If not, good for you! Still, a lot of Americans do, (due to excessive intake of bad and unhealthy food). They do not only suffer from high blood pressure as far more developing diabetes. So, instead of going to take the more expensive road trying to fight high blood pressure with hypertensive medication it is as sufficient to eat a rich diet including plenty of whole-grains such as:
- Whole meal bread (which is without a doubt less expensive).
All it takes is three portions per day to “reduce cardiovascular disease risk significantly.
Let’s do a nutritional breakdown of oats to see their benefits more in depth
Oats are rich in beta-glucan (a special type of fiber). It can help you to reduce lower level of bad cholesterol. You see, the daily recommended fiber intake for women is 25 and for men 38 grams. One cup (81 grams) dry oats contains 7.5 grams.
The following list of different minerals, vitamins and antioxidants shows you how much health power comes with the intake of 100 grams of oats eaten as a daily breakfast or as a health filler during the day.
- 51 percent of the daily recommended intake thiamine (also vitamin B1)important to break down carbs. You can also find it in foods as whole grains, meat, nuts, beans, and peas.
- 8 percent riboflavin (also vitamB2). It plays an important part as one of the 8b vitamins to metabolizes fat and protein to convert carbs into glucose your cells need for energy. Your nerves and brain need riboflavin to function properly as well your skin, eyes, hair, and liver stay healthy when richly nurtured sufficiently with riboflavin.
- 5 percent of niacin- also known as vitamin B3 (important for general good health. As a treatment it is beneficial when it comes to improve cholesterol levels and lower cardiovascular risks.
- 6 percent vitamin B6
- 14 percent folate- also a b vitamin
- 13 percent pantothenic acid
- 26 percent iron
- 44 percent magnesium
- 52 percent phosphorus
- 12 percent potassium
- 26 percent zinc
- 31 percent copper
- 246 percent manganese
All this power comes with one cup of 80g oats and meager 297 calories.
You have probably heard that a milk rich diet strengthens bones. When I had a severe care accident and had my leg broken three times. The doctor prescribed me milk supplements due to the high intake of calcium. However, oats is also rich in the mineral called silicon (no, not the one some women use to enlarge their breasts). This mineral plays a major role in the bone formation and maintenance. Just imagine what a powerful combination the interaction of calcium in milk in combination with oats play. Probably!
Well, due to a report by the University of Pennsylvania, oats might hinder the absorption of calcium. Still, eaten in combination definitely a wise decision.
Enhance Sleep Quality
Oats contain amino acids and more nutrients which aid the production of melatonin. Ergo, eating oats in combination with milk and honey can do wonders if you might have trouble sleeping.
Are you sometimes or even often stressed out for whatever reason?
Oats are rich in vitamin B6. Eating them in combination with milk and bananas can help you to relax after a stressful day.
Turbo Energy Booster
What are the body’s primer energy source?
What is rich in carbs?
Oats, of course!
They offer you a great energy boost when eaten in the morning.
Are you a victim to dry and itchy skin?
If you happen to be, you might want to try treating your skin with oats, because it contains antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties.
Are you prone to thin hair or dandruff?
Well, if you are, you might find oatmeal the help you need to regain hair or lose dandruff. If you want to know how, read here how? Link.
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