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The two famous cereals in the world

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Oats and wheat are among the most famous cereals in the world. Both of them are rich in protein and fiber and provide lots of health benefits. Consuming any of these grains is always a good option for you. Here we will discuss the benefits and negatives of oats and wheat.

Oats:

It is among the most popular cereals in the world and is consumed by more than half of the population in the world. Oats as a dish is the healthiest breakfast one could eat. These are rich in protein and fiber which helps in balancing the metabolism and also helps in weight management.

Wheat:

It is a kind of grass that is ranked as the third most-produced cereal following maize and rice. As it is highly popular because of its productivity, it also provides many health benefits. Wheat is commonly found in bread, cakes and pastries. Wheat is also commonly used in the production of beer.

Nutrition Comparison of Oats and Wheat

ComponentsOatsWheat
Total Fat10.8 g2.5 g
Protein26.4 g13 g
Fiber16.5 g11 g
Calcium8 %3 %
Carbs103 g72 g
Saturated Fat1.9 g0.4 g
Calories607340

Macronutrients: 

Macronutrients present in wheat are protein, carbs, dietary fiber, total sugars, monosaccharides, disaccharides, soluble fiber, insoluble fiber, monounsaturated fat, polyunsaturated fat, etc.

On the other hand, macronutrients present in oats are total fat, total carbohydrate, saturated fat, proteins, calcium, iron, magnesium, potassiumzinc, etc.

Benefits of eating Oats and Wheat

Oats Benefits 

  • Oats are rich in antioxidants including avenanthramides
  • Avenanthramides helps in lowering the blood pressure levels
  • Oats help in improving blood sugar levels
  • It also helps in weight loss
  • It is also used to make facial scrubs
  • Consuming oats in breakfast also helps in curing asthma
  • It also helps in providing relief from constipation and irritable bowel movements
  • Oats contain vitamins, minerals, antioxidants like thiamin, magnesium, phosphorus, zinc, manganese, selenium, and iron
  • It contains fiber (soluble and insoluble) that helps in lowering cholesterol and maintains blood glucose levels

Wheat Benefits 

  • Wheat helps in preventing colon cancerand promotes gut health
  • It is very high in nutrients and fiber
  • It also helps in lowering the risk of health problems
  • Consuming wheat also reduces the risk of obesity
  • Fiber present in wheat helps in lowering the risk of constipation

Side effects of Oats and Wheat

Cons of Oats 

  • Do not consume oats if you feel difficulty in swallowing or chewing
  • Poorly chewed oats can result in blockage of the intestine
  • Regular consumption of oats can create problems related to disorders of the digestive tracts including esophagus, stomach and intestines

Cons of Wheat

  • It contains high gluten content which helps in weight gain, therefore, people who are on a strict diet must ignore consuming wheat
  • It can also cause difficulty to digest for some people
  • Wheat can also cause allergic reactions like wheezingnausea, etc to some people.
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