Eating a bowl of oatmeal each morning is the perfect way to start your day off right. And I’d like to talk about 6 health advantages of eating oatmeal and a few ways you can add to your nutritious hearty breakfast.
First, the oatmeal I’m talking about here is not the instant kind that comes in a packet. Not those different instant flavors – they are full of sugar. I’m talkin’ about the real stuff. Just plain old fashioned oatmeal from Quaker Oats or a similar brand like Bob’s Red Mill.
6 Health Advantages of Eating Oatmeal
1. Insoluble fiber’s cancer-fighting properties are due to the fact that it attacks certain bile acids, reducing their toxicity.
2. Soluble fiber may reduce LDL cholesterol without lowering HDL cholesterol. LDL is lousy; HDL is good.
3. Soluble fiber slows down the digestion of starch. This may be beneficial to diabetics because, when you slow down the digestion of starch, you avoid the sharp rises in your blood sugar level that usually occurs following a meal.
4. It has been found that those who eat more oats are less likely to develop heart disease, a disease that is currently widespread in the United States.
5. Elements in oats have also been shown to have cancer-fighting properties.
6. Oats are a good source of many nutrients including vitamin E, zinc, selenium, copper, iron, manganese and magnesium.
Bonus! Oats are a good source of protein too!
The difference between insoluble and soluble fiber, besides the foods that they come from, is what they do in your body.
Insoluble fiber’s main role is that it makes it easier for foods to pass through our tummies. The soluble fiber breaks down and forms a gel that traps some substances related to high cholesterol. This is why oatmeal is Heart Healthy 🙂
Nutritious Hearty Breakfast
1. Make the oatmeal with milk instead of water. This will also add calcium and more protein. I always make my hot cereals with milk!
2. Add raw honey or organic maple syrup to the oatmeal. It will naturally sweeten up the taste without adding artificial or processed sugars.
3. Stir in your favorite-flavored protein powder to it after it’s been cooked. This gives the oatmeal a pretty good taste plus it adds protein. Combine this with milk and you’ll have a meal that is high in fiber, calcium and protein!
4. Add fresh or dried fruit and nuts to your oatmeal. Berries, apples, pears, raisins, walnuts, pecans – all add flavor and a different texture.
5. If you don’t have time to sit down to a bowl of oatmeal, add the oats to your morning smoothie.
You should aim to eat roughly 1 cooked cup of oatmeal each morning for optimal health benefits. And play around with the above preparation suggestions until you find a taste that you fall in love with. I love mine with raisins, pecans, flaxseed and raw honey.
Another way to get more heart healthy oatmeal into your diet is to make your own granola bars. I say make your own because the pre-packaged ones are full of sugar, high-fructose corn syrup and sodium. Try my No Sugar Added Granola Bars.
How do you enjoy your bowl of oatmeal? Please leave your hearty breakfast tips in the comments section below. I’d love to hear what you add.
Enjoy and Be Healthy!