Healthy and Hearty, Oats are Also Surprisingly Complex

Oats aren't just healthy and delicious. They're among the most genetically complex organisms on earth. The oat genome, in fact, has more DNA than the human genome.

So mapping the oat genome was profoundly challenging for the Canadian scientists who undertook that project, in collaboration with an international team of oat researchers. Despite the challenge, they say it will help them develop hardier (weather, disease and insect-resistant) versions. That's a win for Canadian farmers.

It will also help oat breeders influence selection of particular traits in oats more efficiently, creating healthier versions of a grain already renowned for its nutritious properties. Canadian research has even discovered that oats slow the absorption of cholesterol and sugar, complementing what we already know: oats are a belly-filling, heart-healthy comfort food.

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