- Over 40 studies show that eating oatmeal may help lower cholesterol and reduce the risk of heart disease. According to Quaker, all it takes is 3/4 cup of oatmeal each day to help lower cholesterol. The soluble fiber in oats helps remove LDL or “bad” cholesterol, while maintaining the good cholesterol that your body needs. In January 1997, the Food and Drug Administration announced that oatmeal could carry a label claiming it may reduce the risk of heart disease when combined with a low-fat diet.
- The soluble fiber in oatmeal absorbs a considerable amount of water which significantly slows down your digestive process. This result is that you’ll feel full longer, i.e. oatmeal can help you control your weight.
- You probably already have oats in your kitchen. It’s estimated that eighty percent of U.S. households currently have oats in their cupboards.
- New research suggests that eating oatmeal may reduce the risk for type 2 diabetes. In fact, the American Diabetes Association already recommends that people with diabetes eat grains like oats. The soluble fiber in these foods help to control blood glucose levels.
- With the exception of certain flavored varieties, the oats found in your grocery store are 100% natural. If you look at the ingredients on a canister of rolled oats, you will usually see only one ingredient… rolled oats.
- According to recent studies, a diet that includes oatmeal may help reduce high blood pressure. The reduction is linked to the increase in soluble fiber provided by oatmeal. Oats contain more soluble fiber than whole wheat, rice or corn.
- Oatmeal contains a wide array of vitamins, minerals and antioxidantsand is a good source of protein, complex carbohydrates and iron.
- The fiber and other nutrients found in oatmeal may actually reduce the risk for certain cancers.
- Oatmeal is quick and convenient. Every type of oatmeal can be prepared in a microwave oven. Even when cooked on the stovetop, both old-fashioned and quick oats can usually be made in less than 10 minutes. And what about instant oatmeal… a hot breakfast in under a minute… incredible!
- Oatmeal can be absolutely delicious! Whether instant, cooked on the stove or baked in the oven, the combination of flavors you can fit into a serving of oatmeal is limited only by the imagination.
I found this list on a website called http://www.mrbreakfast.com/index.asp I couldn’t have said it better myself! Amazing resource for breakfast ideas and my new favourite website as I LOVE BREAKFAST!! I highly recommend this website to anyone reading this blog!
He even has a list of 143 oatmeal recipes! Check it out…http://www.mrbreakfast.com/recipe_collection.asp?subcategoryid=7
So hopefully you have gotten the message by now–> EAT OATMEAL FOR BREAKFAST!! Not only does it provide you with many health benefits, it is natural, easy, delicious (when you get creative with it), and helps to control your weight as it satisfies your hunger.
Go ahead and dust off that big bag of oatmeal in the back of your pantry and start your day off right with a bowl full of oatmeal.
Here is what I put in my oatmeal this morning (sorry I ate it before I had a chance to take a picture!)
1/4 cup of dry oatmeal
1/2 cup of water
Cook for 2 minutes on high in microwave
Add 1/4 cup of raisins
1/4 cup of chopped walnuts
1/4 cup of almond milk
2 tsps of organic pure maple syrup**
**I am going for a 16km run today so I needed a little extra energy/sugar!
YUMMMMMMMYYYY!!! I also had 1 cup of egg whites cooked in a pan and a big glass of water 🙂
How do you like YOUR oatmeal!?