A plain bowl of oatmeal may not be your favourite food to start your day, but this whole grain cereal packs a host of health benefits for adults and kids.

Pranita Anand Gavankar of Saudi German Hospital, Dubai, says a healthy start to the day can ensure focus, concentration and improved memory that can set you on the right foot for the rest of the day. ‘As a breakfast meal, oats are good for memory and increases work performance because it has high fibre and protein. It is an excellent source of vitamins E, B complex, and zinc that helps the brain to work actively throughout the day while improving intestinal health.’

It promotes healthy gut bacteria and prevents constipation. ‘It also helps to control weight as it is low in saturated fats.’