It’s a question I’ve had on my mind for some time now, and this week, a new study suggests that oats can be good for your chicken.
In a paper published in the journal Poultry Science, a team from the University of Auckland, the University at Buffalo and the University in Sydney investigated the health benefits of a diet rich in oats, a grain rich in fiber and high in protein.
“Oats are a staple in the Australian diet, and they are known to contain high levels of vitamins and minerals,” Associate Professor Robert O’Brien, a researcher with the university’s School of Biological Sciences, told ABC Rural.
“They are also a good source of fibre, which is essential for the digestive system and immune system.”
Oats contain a number of nutrients that help to prevent and treat common health problems, such as obesity and type 2 diabetes.
The researchers also looked at whether the oats would help to combat anemia, and found that it did.
“Our results showed that the addition of oats to a diet high in dietary fibre could reduce the prevalence of anemia in people of African descent,” O’Connor said.
“There were no significant differences in anemia between white and black participants.
The authors say their results provide evidence that oats may be a good choice for people who are currently taking medication to treat anemia.”
Researchers from the US have been testing oats to see if they can be used to treat type 2 diabetics and people with asthma, and have found they are effective.
Dr Andrew White, from the university, said the research was promising.
“We need to be aware of the limitations of the study,” he said.
For Dr White, one of the key concerns is that people are not necessarily taking oats at the same time as they would take an anti-inflammatory like ibuprofen.
“It may not be as effective as ibuprophen,” he told ABC Radio Rural.
“But it might be as useful to take as it is to take.”
“The main challenge for us is getting enough people to consume a meal, and so there is not a lot of evidence that people will take it in the same way they would if they were taking an anti inflammatory.”
He said the researchers also found that the oats were a good alternative to other plant based food choices.
“They’re quite high in fibre, and protein and vitamin C,” Dr White said.