The breakfast is the most important daily meal, so it should be a healthy one, that will energize your body and prepare it for the following day.
Apparently, oatmeal is one of the best choices you can make, as they are high in water-soluble fiber and high complex carbohydrate content that regulates blood glucose levels and slow digestion, as well as numerous vitamins and minerals, like magnesium, biotin, copper, vitamin E and B1, and even 6 grams of protein per cup.
Oatmeal is made from hulled oat grains, which can be ground, rolled, or steel cut.
The popularity of oatmeal increased in the late 1980's when researchers found out that it reduces the risk of heart disease by lowering cholesterol levels.
This diverse grain can be cooked in various ways like added to crisps and desserts, smoothies, and in protein and breakfast bars.
The regular consumption of oats leads to weight loss, due to the high fiber content, which also provides a feeling of satiety. Oats will prevent sugar cravings and blood sugar spikes too.
These are the most important health benefits offered by oats:
- Regulates blood sugar
- Lower type 2 diabetes risk
- Lower cholesterol
- Lower risk of cardiovascular disease
- Better immune response
- Lower risk of heart failure
- Protection against childhood asthma
- Protection against breast cancer
- Prolonged life expectancy
- Alternative for celiac disease patients or gluten-intolerant individuals
To add flavor to your oats, you can add fresh fruits, nuts, nutmeg, cinnamon, cream, low-fat yogurt, or refined sugar.
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