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7 Reasons You Should Eat Oatmeal Every Day
A comforting bowl of oatmeal is as nutritious as it is delicious. Here’s why you should make it your daily breakfast.
Oatmeal is a comforting, nutritious breakfast that somehow feels indulgent.
Here are seven reasons why oatmeal is a breakfast with benefits, and if you’re not eating oatmeal every day, here’s why you oat to.
Oats Can Lower Cholesterol, Stabilise Blood Sugar, and Help You ‘Go’. Oats contain both soluble and insoluble fiber. Soluble fiber forms a viscous gel that helps to lower cholesterol and stabilise blood glucose levels. The insoluble fiber in oats helps provide a “moving” experience by curtailing constipation and improving intestinal health.
Oats May Protect Your Heart and Your Colon. A variety of antioxidants known as avenanthramides are found exclusively in oats. Avenanthramides have been shown to exhibit anti-inflammatory and anti-itching activity, and may provide additional protection against coronary heart disease, colon cancer, and skin irritation. They also may play a role in controlling blood pressure.
Oats Make an Easy, Balanced Breakfast. One cup of cooked oatmeal contains about 150 calories, four grams of fiber (about half soluble and half insoluble), and six grams of protein. To boost protein further, you can have oatmeal with a swirl of almond butter nestled within. This powerful combo will keep you away from that midmorning snack.
Oats Provide Important Vitamins and Minerals. Nutrient-rich oatmeal contains thiamine, magnesium, phosphorus, zinc, manganese, selenium, and iron.
Oats are naturally gluten-free. Always purchase gluten-free products from reputable companies and read food labels carefully.
Oats May Help You Control Your Weight. Oats can keep you feeling fuller longer, thereby helping you control your weight. Sadly, carbs are often shunned and feared by those looking to drop a few pounds, but whole grains can squash hunger and simultaneously provide that pleasant “ahhhh” feeling carb-lovers crave. As with any other food, be mindful of portion sizes.
Oats Can Be Savory, Too. Although oats are usually paired with sweet foods like brown sugar and cinnamon or fruit, oats also make a perfect savory side dish. Oats provide a texture similar to buckwheat, and their bland taste is like a blank canvas for a variety of seasonings and spices. You can combine oatmeal with your favorite veggies or last night’s leftovers, and top with an egg or a sprinkle of cheese to enjoy breakfast for dinner.
Make sure your oatmeal is healthful by choosing brands with little to no added sugar, and add your own toppings for flavour. To stay on the safe side, look for brands that list only oats on their ingredient list.