It’s common advice that “breakfast is the most important meal of the day”. With a storehouse of powerful nutrients, oatmeal may be the right way to get started each morning. Behind its bland appearance, oatmeal can do amazing things for your body.
Grown and harvested for over 2000 years, oats are a prime food for treating diseases such as gout. While you should consult with your doctor for any other complications, it’s exceedingly rare that oatmeal would cause any diseases. Used since ancient times for healing the skin, intestines, and nerves, oatmeal is something of a panacea.
In one small, 1/2 cup serving, oatmeal gives you 13 grams of protein. In even just a quarter of a cup, you receive your daily allotment of manganese. Also rich in antioxidants such as Vitamin E, Copper, and Magnesium, it’s a health-food powerhouse.
By eating oatmeal every day, you can help to prevent obesity and weight gain. Because it leaves you feeling full and satisfied for longer than many other foods, oatmeal cuts down on hunger and cravings throughout the day. It’s absorbed slowly, giving sustained energy. The low glycemic impact of a bowl of oats is a great way to control blood sugars, and prevent the drop in blood sugar that leads to cravings.
By eating a filling bowl of oatmeal every morning, some studies have found that it reduces calorie consumption later in the day. It helps to stave off cravings, and gives sustained energy. Being low-calorie and low-fat, oatmeal is one of the few “diet” foods that helps to reduce cravings throughout the day.
Other health benefits of oatmeal include:
Improves immune response
Extends life expectancy
Lowers risk of heart failure
Lowers risk of cardiovascular disease
Reduces risk of type 2 diabetes
Oat groats are used as a breakfast cereal, while steel-cut oats create a denser, chewier texture. Old-fashioned oats have been flattened, and cook faster. Instant oats are finely-cut before being rolled, making them cook the fastest of all. Lastly, oat bran is just the outer layer of the oat, used as a fiber addition in baking.
Look for the less-processed oats to gain maximum health benefits. Steel-cut oats are perhaps the most popular option. If you’re looking to mix up your breakfast, try adding oats to a smoothie or yogurt. Give them a shot in place of any grain in a recipe, and enjoy their tremendous health benefits.
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