A comforting bowl of oatmeal is as nutritious as it is delicious. Here's why you should make it your daily breakfast. A comforting bowl of oatmeal is as nutritious as it is delicious. Here's why you should make it your daily breakfast.
If you’re not eating oatmeal every day, here’s why you ought to
1) Oats may protect your heart and 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.
2) Oats makes an easy, balanced breakfast:
One cup of cooked oatmeal contains about 150 calories, four grams of fibre (about half soluble and half insoluble), and six grams of protein. To boost protein further, my favourite way to eat oatmeal is with a swirl of almond butter nestled within. This powerful combo will keep you away from that mid-morning visit to the vending machine.
3) Oats can lower cholesterol, stabilize blood sugar, and help you 'GO':
Oats contain both soluble and insoluble fibre. Soluble fibre forms a viscous gel that helps to lower cholesterol and stabilize blood glucose levels. The insoluble fibre in oats helps provide a "moving" experience by curtailing constipation and improving intestinal health.
4) Oats provides important vitamins and minerals:
Nutrient-rich oatmeal contains thiamine, magnesium, phosphorus, zinc, manganese, selenium, and iron.
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5) Oats are Gluten-Free:
Oats are naturally gluten-free but check with manufacturers to ensure that their products are not made using the same equipment as other potentially contaminating grains
6) 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 feeling carb-lovers crave. As with any other food, be mindful of portion sizes.
7) Oats can be savoury, Too:
Although oats are usually paired with sweet foods like brown sugar and cinnamon or fruit, oats also make a perfect savoury 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 favourite veggies or last night’s leftovers, and top with an egg or a sprinkle of cheese to enjoy breakfast for dinner.
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