Oats for Diabetes Patients (Good or Bad ??) How much Oats Can Diabetics Have ?? Find Out !!

Dr. Pakhi Sharma, MBBSGeneral Physician, 6+ Years
Published On : 20-Jul-2021Read Time : 2 minutes
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Diabetic people have been on the lookout for innovative food options to keep their blood sugar in check. If you are a diabetic patient and confused about eating oats, this article is for you. Read on to understand more about how oats are good for diabetes and the benefits of oats for people with high blood sugars.


  • Oats Nutritional Profile 
  • Advantages of Oats for Diabetes 
  • Ways to Consume Oats 
  • Best Time to Consume Oats 
  • Risks of Overconsumption of Oats 
  • Other Health Benefits of Oats 
  • Don’t Have Time To Read? 
  • FAQs 

Oats Nutritional Profile

Oats are whole grains that are rich in soluble fiber, calcium, iron, magnesium, potassium, phosphorus, and zinc. Naturally low in sugars and sodium, oats are a healthy meal of choice. Eat oats without the added sugar or salt, and you are good to go. It becomes unhealthy when people choose to add sugar or extra salt to their daily breakfast portion of oats. Based on their processing, there are two types of oats - steel-cut and rolled.

Advantages of Oats for Diabetes

Oats contain a specific form of fiber known as beta-glucans. It helps lower your blood sugar levels and improves overall health. This fiber slows digestion and makes you feel satiated and full. It is also rich in magnesium which plays an important role in the metabolism of sugars in your body. Oats also help improve insulin sensitivity in each meal.

Ways to Consume Oats

Oats can be eaten as a porridge in the mornings but if you are looking for tastier options, here are 2 easy-to-make choices:

1. Oatmeal

Your breakfast bowl of oats can have some milk and added spices like cinnamon. Top it with fruit and nuts of your choice to make it a wholesome meal.

2. Smoothies

Switch your regular milk with some oat milk and whip your smoothies. You could also make a nice thick smoothie by adding oats directly. 

Best Time to Consume Oats

Eating oats for breakfast is the best meal of choice. You could eat it as a snack in the evening or as a part of your dinner meal.

Risks of Overconsumption of Oats

Although minor, consuming excess oats can cause side effects like gaseousness and bloating. The high fiber content makes it heavy on your stomach. You could also be allergic to oats since it contains wheat gluten

Other Health Benefits of Oats

Oats is an easy food item that blends with almost every type of food. It has numerous other benefits too.

  • Promotes heart health due to the beta-glucans present in it
  • Keeps you feeling full for a longer time because of its rich fiber content
  • Promotes digestion and slows down the breakdown of sugars in your body

Don’t Have Time To Read?

  • Oats can be eaten by people with high blood sugars but in moderation.
  • Choose the correct form of oats for you and manage your diet accordingly.
  • Oats are rich in iron, calcium, zinc, magnesium, phosphorus, and potassium.
  • Use the Phable Care app to monitor your diet and blood sugar levels. This can be shared with your healthcare physician, and you can consult them for your diabetes with ease.

Frequently Asked Questions

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