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Six Reasons Why Your Immune System Wants You To Eat Oats

Posted on June 25, 2020

The COVID-19 pandemic has brought about drastic changes in the way people live across the world. Hundreds of millions are now adhering to some form of stay-at-home orders and are facing challenges in maintaining a healthy lifestyle, especially when it comes to strengthening their immunity. Fortunately, practicing healthy eating has always been at the heart of keeping infection at bay.

Already widely considered as part of a healthy diet, oats is also known as a supergrain. For one, it’s a natural and rich source of many of the vitamins and minerals that your body needs to function properly. Oats is a natural source of fiber, protein, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, zinc and folate.

Yet among the many nutrients found in oats, one of the most important is iron—a nutrient necessary for maintaining your normal immune functions. The way iron maintains your body’ immune system is by helping produce more immune cells such as lymphocytes that in turn help fight off infection. In a way, immune cells essentially serve as our body’s front-liners against bacteria and viruses.

Quaker Oats, a leading healthy product under PepsiCo, shares six reasons why now more than ever, you need oats in your diet.

  • Oats is a natural source of iron: Iron helps maintain optimal immune functions.
  • Oats helps lower cholesterol when consumed daily
  • Oats gives long lasting energy
  • Oats contains fiber, which is good for your digestive system
  • Oats is an easy-to-prepare, balanced breakfast for the whole family
  • Oats can be consumed in a variety of ways that can appeal to all kinds of taste buds

With a bowl of Quaker Oats for breakfast, you can be sure to start your day with iron. It’s the first meal of the day so it’s the perfect opportunity to get ready for the day’s activities with an immune-boosting breakfast. These are some of the reasons why PepsiCo and its official distributor Benby Enterprises, Inc., donated Quaker products as part of food baskets to help feed over 3,000 families in Quezon City’s vulnerable communities in support of the fight against COVID-19.

This effort is part of “United for the Philippines,” which includes PepsiCo together with its food distributor Benby Enterprises, Inc., and bottler Pepsi-Cola Products Philippines, Inc. (PCPPI), as companies fully committed to supporting both the private and government sectors to collectively overcome the global COVID-19 health crisis.  As COVID-19 reduces access to food and other essential goods for communities around the world, PepsiCo is investing more than US$60 million globally to bring food and other vital resources to the most affected communities.  More details can be found on our website: https://www.pepsico.com/news/stories/covid-19.